I fear we are going the route of some European countries when it comes to devaluing marriage as the better choice for long term relationships. In Sweden, for example, it’s almost a one to one ratio. The rapid growth in cohabitation is partly due to the idea that living together is good practice for marriage. That’s a myth, however.
Only about half of first time cohabitors end up getting married. Those who do marry have an 80% chance their relationship will end: 40% will end before marriage, and the other 40% will get divorces within ten years of marrying. Living together is not practice for marriage. It’s practice for divorce.
Take Away: Cohabitation is practice for divorce.