Avoid the cohabitation effect


  1. Discuss why you and your partner want to live together.
    Talk about your motivations for living together and what it will mean for your relationship.
  2. Establish boundaries.
    Set expectations and boundaries for your relationship, such as how you will handle finances and how you will handle disagreements.
  3. Be intentional about the transition.
    Have conversations about the transition from living together to marriage. Talk about the ring, the date, the venue, and the invitations.
  4. Understand the risks.
    Be aware that living together before an engagement can lead to poorer communication, lower levels of commitment, and greater marital instability.
  5. Don't cohabitate before an engagement.
    If this is not possible, couples should get clear on each person’s commitment level before moving in.


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