So you’ve been dating for a while and you’re ready to take the next step…no, not the BIG PLUNGE. Marriage is DEFINITELY on your mind but first you want to take the relationship on a test run by living together. Well, you’re not alone—according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 48% of women reported that they lived with their partner before marriage. Despite most couples having long-term relationship intentions, not all cohabitants stay together and living together doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be walking down the aisle. In fact, within three years of cohabitating, 27% of couples break up.

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