The results of a new study seem to confirm why every San Jose family lawyer advises cohabiting couples to get themselves a cohabitation agreement to define their rights and responsibilities. The research indicates that people, who live together, do not necessarily have a higher level of commitment.
According to the study, which was conducted by Rand Sociologists, young adults who live together, have a much lower level of commitment compared to their married counterparts. This kind of difference in commitment levels seems to be especially prevalent in the case of males.
The Rand Sociologists researchers found that 52% of men between the age of 18 and 26 years of age, who were living with their girlfriends, were not completely committed to the person. They also found that that 26% of the women were also not completely committed to the cohabiting relationship. When they compared the statistics with married men and women, they found that married males and females did not display such a lack of commitment.
The study was based on a survey of 2,600 couples, who are currently cohabiting. These couples were surveyed based on a number of questions that focused on how well they knew their partner, whether they shared the same kind of values, goals and aspirations, communication levels, ways of resolving conflict, commitment levels, desire for children, reasons for living in, and history of mental illness or other mental problems.
Many couples choose to live together before they get married as a sort of testing ground to decide whether they really fit in before they make the much bigger and more long-term commitment of marriage. However, there have been many studies that have indicated that living together before marriage does not necessarily guarantee a long-term or successful marriage.
In any case, if you are currently living together, this study should be further proof that you must clearly define all your rights, questions of division of assets and property, custody of children and other issues in a cohabitation agreement.