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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:

  • 1977 - 25% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 1987 - 42% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 1997 - 65% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 2007 - 77% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 2010 - 79% of couples cohabited before marriage
  • 2016 - 81% of couples cohabited before marriage

Articulate relationship outcomes and put them where they can be seen

When couples put effort towards something, it can be helpful to foresee outcomes, and articulating those outcomes (relationship and family outcomes) and being mindful of them along the way will help guide the couple to find success through their relationship journey.

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