Living together while dating

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MYTH: Living together is best if children are involved.

Truth: The effects of cohabitation on children is significant.

Married couples also tend to have less volatile relationships.

Couples who live together tend to be less faithful to their partners than married couples. Truth: Emotionally, physically and spiritually, marriage is so much more than a piece of paper. Viewing marriage as only a legal arrangement strips it of its meaning and sets the relationship up for failure.

If couples do not view marriage as a loving, committed relationship, divorce is almost inevitable. Truth: Many people enter a cohabiting relationship hoping they will be married soon.

MYTH: Living together is an easy way to "try out" the relationship before committing to marriage.

Truth: While the idea of "test driving" a car before you buy it is a good idea, it doesn't apply to marriage.

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