But when you compare the couples based on the age they moved in together (either before or right after marriage), there is no higher risk of divorce for living together before marriage.
These findings suggest that it might be your age—not your relationship status—that makes you a good candidate for shacking up.
Meanwhile, women under 24 are least likely to marry live-in partners and most likely to break up with them after three years.
Plus, women who were engaged prior to moving in together or who saw cohabitation as a definite step toward marriage were more likely to end up in stable marriages.
So what's the perfect age to pack up and move in with someone?
According to the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) 2006-2010, women aged 25 to 29 are most likely to marry their live-in partners after three years.
So they took the express lane on the relationship timeline—who are we to judge?
There’s no way to tell where another couple is in their relationship.
After all, most people want to settle into married life before bringing in another family member.
But interestingly, couples who conceive and have children before their first anniversaries are more likely to remain married after 15 years than newlyweds who take more time to start a family, according to a 2012 National Center for Health Statistics report.
In fact, single, college-educated women in their thirties earn an average of over ,000 more per year than women who married before age 30, according to the 2013 report .