Is living together beneficial before getting married?

The data say no

People who cohabit before marriage are MORE, not less, likely to divorce or separate after marriage. Numerous studies done here and in Europe bear this out. One Ivy-league study shows that people who cohabit before marriage are 80 percent more likely to divorce than couples who don't. There is no question that cohabiting reduces your chances of having a successful marriage. The only real question is Why?

People change

I thought it would! But people do change when they know they caught you and have you on the hook. I'm not saying all people change, but there is no definite answer to this question. Sounds funny but would you practice before any game? Good chance you will have some kind of the expierience you encounter when married.

Temporary companions

On the other hand, that attitude is responsible for the decline in marriage, and the increase in divorce and children without fathers. Why get married if you can do it all and have no responsibility? Just live together for a while and when you have any kind of disagreement there really isn't any motivation to work out the differences and no real need to change your basic philosophy on life, just move out or better yet, kick him/her out and you get to keep the house.

Everything has become disposable. We even have temporary companions.

On the other hand, if you are willing to really get to know someone, find out if the two of you are compatible and commit to a relationship, it really IS possible to make a marriage last, eve if you come across some bumps in the road.