Weighed equally, the pros and cons of employing the stayover method point to its overall advantage. While money is a serious consideration, so is education, and if young people feel that cohabitation is a hindrance to their academic pursuits, then as far as I'm concerned, moving in together can wait until after graduation. With 60 percent of marriages ending in divorce, it's important that single adults be able to support themselves financially, and a college degree increases the likelihood of that possibility. Moreover, the divorce rate drops steeply when women wait to get married. A study entitled Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the United States by M.D. Bramlett and W.D. Mosher shows that women who get married at age 18 have a 59 percent chance of getting divorced within 15 years, while women who wait just two more years enjoy significantly better odds. Why Do Women Date Older Men?
Love it or hate it, it's time to accept it. The stayover trend is here to stay.