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Study examines premarital cohabitation, divorce

When Colorado couples live together before they get married, they might experience what researchers have called the "premarital cohabitation effect". This refers to the fact that people who do so may experience conflict after their marriage.

Researchers have reported that this effect lessens over time. However, a study published in the September 2018 edition of the "Journal of Marriage and Family" reports that this may not be the case. Researchers found that while people who did not live together before getting married had a higher divorce risk in the first year after marriage, the couples who did had a higher divorce risk after that first year. They attributed the results in previous studies to researchers' failure to look at a longer period of time.

The study was based on data from 1970 to 2015 of women who were under 45 and were in their first marriages. The National Surveys of Family Growth supplied the data.

People who are ending their marriage might want to consult Greenwood Village, Colorado, divorce attorneys. How a divorce proceeds varies depending on a number of different factors such as whether the couple has children and whether one makes significantly more money than the other. Consulting an attorney may help a person understand how a divorce is likely to proceed. If the couple has only been married for a short time, they might not have accumulated much property, so the process may not be very complex. High-asset divorces or divorces after many years of marriage may be more complicated because the couple may have children and property such as a home, retirement accounts and other investments. Couples might negotiate property division and child custody, but if the negotiations are unsuccessful, they may have to go to court and have a judge make the decisions.

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