A paper in the April issue of the but presented early to the Council on Contemporary Families says that past studies have overstated the risk of divorce for cohabiting couples.Arielle Kuperberg, assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, says that the important characteristic is not whether people lived together first, but how old they were when they decided to share a front door."It turns out that cohabitation doesn’t cause divorce and probably never did," says Kuperberg.These aren’t women who have been dating for two months, but rather women who are in long-term relationships.They have seemingly great mates who have jobs and call their moms and open doors to restaurants- but haven’t yet popped the question.
"There is no 'normal.' Partners may have an implicit expectation of the length of an engagement, based on their family, their culture and their community.
Though by a relatively small margin, couples in the South spend the least time dating prior to engagement.
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He states in his study that happily married couples dated for approximately 25 months before getting married. Couples who were unhappily married soon after they said “I do” and quickly divorced more often married at or after three years.
Couples who fell fast in love were engaged after nine months, and married after 18 months.