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How are Cohabiters different from married couples? Working with Cohabiting Couples Intending to Marry

There are several characteristics that distinguish cohabiters from married couples and they include the following:

Is cohabiting a good way to prepare for marriage? Working with Cohabiting Couples Intending to Marry

In comparing dating couples living together versus apart, the differences were dramatic. Based on 2010 US study, only 21% of the dating couples who are living together were 'Vitalised', compared with 51% of the dating couples who were not living together. Even more telling, 48% of the cohabiting daters were in the 'Conflicted' range, compared with only 16% of those who were not living together.

Working with Cohabiting Couples Intending to Marry

Australian Bureau of Statistics information indicates that the proportion of Australian men and women cohabiting before marrying has increased threefold since 1977:

Successful couples focus on what they will do, not what they won’t do

Successful couples focus on what they will do, not what they won’t do. They reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

Successful couples resist temptation and distraction - they do not tempt fate

Successful couples tell their spouse where they are going, with whom and when they will be home. They hold no secrets. In marriage, successful couples are intentional about their relationship, they communicate well and often. 

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