After all, if you move in together in the hopes that doing so will change his or her mind about never wanting to tie the knot, you’re not on the path to a happy ending.
To simplify and summarize, what Guzzo found is that the increasing diversity in the types of cohabitation and cohabiters does not explain much about why things are so different from the past when it comes to increased odds that cohabiting couples will break up or not marry.
Rather, on average, "Relative to cohabitations formed between 19, cohabitations formed from 1995–1999, 2000–2004, and 2005 and later were 13%, 49%, and 87%, respectively, more likely to dissolve than remain intact.
If you and your partner are going to live together, you have to be able to talk about money in a mature manner and ask the tough questions.
Are you splitting the rent, the internet and the cost of the TV? Do you need to buy a fridge, bookcase or perhaps a new couch?
For instance, is moving in together the next step before marriage?
It’s imperative that you and your partner openly and honestly discuss the potential trajectory of your relationship in order to avoid a cohabitation disaster.
More often than not, couples have varying tastes and styles when it comes to interior decorating, and it can be challenging to successfully merge the two and do so without any bickering or disagreements.
When dating and living apart, there's a safe place to retreat to during times of stress.
And while you may be used to seeing your partner after you’ve showered, straightened your hair and/or only when you’re impeccably dressed, living together means that real life sets in, and you have to be able to be comfortable with him or her when you have morning breath, are sweaty from the gym and even after you’ve clogged the toilet.
When you’re ready to move in together, it also means that you’re completely forthright and open with each other.
You also shouldn’t feel as though you have to move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend because you’ve been a couple for a certain amount of time or because you’d like to save money on rent.