Living Together Before Marriage Has Disastrous Results Study Finds

OTTAWA, Ontario, October 3, 2005, ( – The Ottawa based Vanier Institute of Family reveals that “living together” comes with a heavy cost in a study entitled “Cohabitation and Marriage: How Are They Related?”

The study, published September 17 and authored by Anne-Marie Ambert, compiles results from hundreds of research papers that examined the social, emotional and financial effects of cohabitation and marriage on women, men, children and society.

The study shows that cohabitation by its nature is highly unstable, that it leads to higher divorce rates, and is detrimental to children both psychologically and physically.

“Commitment and stability are at the core of children’s needs; yet, in a great proportion of cohabitations, these two requirements are absent,” observes Ambert.

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