Couples living together before marrying have a higher chance of getting divorced than those who wait until they were engaged or married, according to research out Tuesday in the Journal of Family Psychology. The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Denver, also found that couples who lived together before marrying reported lower marriage satisfaction. "We think that some couples who move in together without a clear commitment to marriage may wind up sliding into marriage partly because they are already cohabiting," said senior researcher and study co-author Galena Rhoades. "It seems wise to talk about commitment and what living together might mean for the future of the relationship before moving in together, especially because cohabiting likely makes it harder to break up compared to dating," said another researcher, Scott Stanley. More than 70 percent of couples in the United States live together before marrying, according to the article. Yet the researchers "have found evidence that cohabiting before engagement, even only with one's future spouse, is associated with lower marital quality and higher divorce potential," the article read. In a separate study that appeared in the Journal of Family Issues, the researchers studied the reasons why couples chose to live together. The most common answer was because they wanted to spend more time together, followed by convenience, followed by testing the relationship. Earlier research suggested that people cohabited before marrying because they wanted to test their relationship. "Cohabiting to test a relationship turns out to be associated with the most problems in relationships," said Rhoades.Source: AFPSRM << Data Gaps Could Provide Distorted Picture Of Swine Flu: Stu... Finns Find Their Feet At Tango Street Festival >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Infidelity Infidelity is no longer seen as a midlife crisis alone because younger people are beginning to cheat on their spouses READ MORE Marriage Linked to Obesity A new study says that people who marry are up to three times more likely to become obese than those who just keep dating. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Blood - Sugar Chart Iron Intake Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?