The Myths and Reality of Living Together Without Marriage

By Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.

– March 10, 2007

In the United States, living together instead of marrying has become the norm for couples – half of young adults aged 20-40 are cohabiting instead of getting married. Cohabitation has increased nearly 1,000 percent since 1980, and the marriage rate has dropped more than 40 percent since 1960.

Some see substituting living together for marriage as an insignificant shift in family “structure.” Those who are better informed realize that the shift has disastrous ramifications for the individuals involved, as well as for society and public policy… READ FULL ARTICLE