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The Australian Institute of Family Studies had a Family Formation Project cited in this government report. The study found that after five years of marriage, 13 percent of those who had cohabited were divorced, compared to 6 percent of those who had not cohabited - that is, not lived together before marriage. Ten years later, the proportions were 26 percent for those who had cohabited and 14 percent for those who had not. After 20 years it was 56 percent compared to 27 percent These findings have been supported by similar studies in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Sweden. So in every case, if you want a stable long lasting marriage, it’s clearly better not to live together before getting married.

(From a sermon by Michael Russell, "Christ-Shaped Sexuality" 1/12/2009)

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