To Feanne: We should not be surprised that the researchers did not “discourage” people from cohabiting despite their findings, simply because that’s not their job. Their job is to present the objective data and let the people decide for themselves. Also, the studies ranged from the late 1980s to 2009 and yet they yielded the same results time after time, only confirming previous studies. The one Ari shared, however, was a mere article that claims to cite a “study”, that apparently isn’t even available. I also tried opening the link you shared but I can’t open it either. I already tried opening it on various browsers and devices to no avail. But let’s assume that that “study” really found that the age of cohabitation is a factor in divorce, it still does not refute the several studies that showed that cohabitation is also a significant factor in divorce. Also, the “study” Ari cited only focused on the possible correlation between age and the likelihood of divorce, but failed to refute the other findings regarding marital quality, satisfaction, and well-being.