Ghoti wrote:And actually I think a lot of people marry too quickly. Having to wait a year before getting married and binding yourself to someone you should be sure you can live with that person, imo that would be better than making people wait a year to divorce.
Swedes usually marry after they've lived together for several years, and often they have a couple of kids before too. We still have the same divorce rates as the rest of Western Europe, so I doubt that would help.
I've read that most couples break up after 3 years or so, soon after they've got their first baby, or when the kids have grown up, but I don't know how accurate those sources are. It sounds plausible though, 3 years is when the relationship really has become more every-day life and isn't exiting in itself anymore but instead needs some work to be so, when the first kid arrives the relationship takes the back seat to the baby for a while, which many can have problems coping with, and when the kids have grown up you can start concentrating on yourselves again for real, and many couples discover that they have grown apart and that the spark just isn't there anymore.
That being said, living together before getting married is never a bad thing
Just don't expect divorce rates to automatically drop.
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