Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Study Disproves Three Myths about Cohabitation


According to a Focus on the Family article, we’re currently in the midst of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14), a yearly celebration that recognizes the importance of this most basic human institution.
We’re also living in an age where cohabitation rates are increasing, in part because our culture increasingly doesn’t value the importance of God’s sacred and foundational gift to men and women.
Too many couples simply don’t see the value in getting married. To them, “marriage is just a piece of paper.”  From their vantage point, marriage doesn’t bring any added benefits as long as they’re “secure” in their relationship. Living together, they contend, without the formal legal ties, is also liberating and better for everyone.
But what does the research say?
new study disproves three commonly held myths about cohabitation and affirms the value of marital commitment.
The 2017  World Family Map’s main essay, “The Cohabitation-Go-Round: Cohabitation and Family Instability Across the Globe,” compares the family stability of children born to cohabiting couples to those born to married couples. It spans 12 years and more than 60 countries.
The big finding is that marriage matters greatly to children because it helps provide the stability that experts agree children desperately need to thrive. 
The study also disproved three commonly held myths about cohabitation.
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