Cohabitation is becoming more and more common, but there are still mixed opinions about whether or not living with an unmarried partner is beneficial to a relationship. Some people believe that temporary cohabitation allows two people to intimately know each other before they take the bigger step of living together permanently. They think it serves as a reality check — after living together for a time, some couples decide they can’t live together for the long-term. Other couples are strengthened by their proximity.
On the other side, some think that cohabitation spoils relationships. If you’re already living together, why get married at all? Some research shows that cohabiting couples are more likely to break up or remain unmarried.
There is also the issue of timing: some couples decide to live together before they’re ready, before they know each other well enough and are ready to share a space.
What do you think of cohabiting? Do you live with your partner or have you lived with a partner in the past?