If you’ve been dating for a while, or have the urge to set up home, chances are you’ve been toying with the conversation of moving in with your other half.
Whether it’s the Daft updates to your phone, or the fact you crash at each other’s place every second night of the week, the decision to move in with your other half can put a lot of pressure on a relationship.
For years it seemed most research studies states that couples that lived together before marriage were more likely to divorce than those who don’t. But new research is calling time on the argument, putting the chances of a happy ending down to age.
Arielle Kuperberg, assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina says the latest results show it’s much more about the right person at the right age:
“It turns out that cohabitation doesn’t cause divorce and probably never did.”
The findings printed in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that while age might only be a number, it could beat the odds on whether you’ll work out if you move in too early with each other.
According to the study, the longer the couple waits to move in together in age (up to the age of 30), the higher the chances of achieving that long-term fairytale ending.
The worst age for moving in?
Well apparently you need to hold your horses and put down the boxes if you’re 23 or younger.
The study also revealed that young lower income couples also face higher risks of relationship break-downs or divorce than their elder counterparts due to stress and financial pressures.
Still want to take the leap?
The study suggests those who didn’t sit down and plan their life goals (income, marriage and kids) were more likely to split.
So while we don’t mean putting the heavy talk up front with your partner, maybe just make sure you’re on the same page before you live under one roof.
(Don’t worry, we’re joking…)