Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Study claims cohabitation before marriage has heavy cost

OTTAWA, Ontario. According to a study released by the Ottawa based Vanier Institute of Family,  "living together" comes with a heavy cost. The study, "Cohabitation and Marriage: How Are They Related?," authored by Anne-Marie Ambert, compiles results from hundreds of research papers that examined the social, emotional and financial effects of cohabitation and marriage on women, men, children and society. The study indicates that cohabitation by its nature is highly unstable, that it leads to higher divorce rates, and is detrimental to children both psychologically and physically. Source: Vanier Institute of Family. Click here for the complete story (last visited October 4, 2005, REO).  Download vanier_report.pdf

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