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Are Kids Harmed if Their Parents Live Together Instead of Marrying?

Updated: Mar 24, 2019

Because living together is seen as safer than marriage for many adult children of divorce, I’ve written about cohabitation previously in an effort to dispel the myths that accompany cohabitation (see below.) 

Today a Huffington Post article by Terry Gaspard caught my attention. Her article “Will Living Together Without Marriage Damage Kids?” gives a stark look at the truth and includes some very scary information. A couple of examples include:

U of M research shows two thirds of cohabitating couples in the US will break up before their child’s tenth birthday.“ *

Compared to marriage, cohabitation furnishes less commitment, stability, sexual fidelity, and safety for romantic partners and their children.”“ *

Many women view living together as a step towards marriage while many men see it as a test drive.” *

Many of those who decide to live together do so to avoid divorce.

Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” ** 

Gaspard’s article gives truth that must be considered if adult children of divorce hope to avoid repeating the cycle of divorce they dread. Click here to read the full article.

Check out my previous ACD articles on Cohabitation:

I’m Afraid so Why Don’t we Just Live Together“Advantages”to Living Together – Economic“Advantages” to Living Together – Confirming Compatibility“Advantages” to Living Together – Easier to Break up if it Doesn’t Work“Advantages” to Living Together – He’ll Get the Marriage Bug


** John 8:31-32, New Living Translation

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