Linda & Richard Eyre: More co-habitating before equals less marriage after

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  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    Sept. 3, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    Here's another statistic. The younger you marry, the higher the probability of divorce. Utah is a good example. While it has among the youngest average ages of first marriages, it has among the highest rates of divorce. Considering how difficult a divorce is in Utah, that's saying a lot.

    States where people tend to get married at a later age (say, 25+), have much lower rates of divorce, even in states where divorce is easier. With age, of course, comes experience. Some of that is experience in love. Some of that is simply understanding who you are, what makes you happy, and what you can bring to a relationship. Virtually nobody knows that at 18.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 4:14 a.m.

    I have learned to trust God and his words. He has told us that we need to wait for marriage. This is not to be mean to us and keep us from having fun. It is because it is the only way to find true happiness and fulfillment in life.

    When you do things the right way, your chances of success in marriage (and in life) are much, much higher. When you do things the wrong way, you are asking for trouble.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    Why in the world are more people not aware of these statistics. We can't go on letting people think they are being cautious and prudent by cohabiting before marriage.....when in fact what they are being is foolhardy and reducing the chances of having a successful and lasting marriage. I agree with the article--what we need, really need, is more commitment--not only to marriage, but to family in general and to taking the responsibility of having a family. Why has the world become so afraid of something as wonderful and secure as real commitment?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 2, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    Most stress, and problems in life can be traced to sexual permissiveness, or alcohol.

    They go together like ham and eggs, and are at the root of most of our problems.