Economist Evelyn Lehrer (University of Illinois-Chicago) says the longer people wait past 23, the more likely a marriage is to stick.
In fact, Lehrer’s analysis of longitudinal data shows that for every year a woman waits to get married, right up until her early 30s, she reduces her chances of divorce.
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.
"What leads to divorce is when people move in with someone – with or without a marriage license – before they have the maturity and experience to choose compatible partners and to conduct themselves in ways that can sustain a long-term relationship."So what's the magic age?
Walters Art Museum Courtship is the period in a couple's relationship which precedes their engagement and marriage, or establishment of an agreed relationship of a more enduring kind.
This has been true for a while, even though studies done right up until the 2000s showed that couples who lived together first actually got divorced more often than those who didn't.
But a spate of new studies looking at cohabitation, as it's called, are starting to refine those results.
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.
Divorces are easier to obtain now than they ever were, but there can still be a price to be paid for getting things wrong.
There will always be people who have heard of a couple who married after a few months and it worked out perfectly while another couple dated for years before getting engaged or married and they did not last.