Cohabitation – Different Expectations
Rarely do cohabitating couples discuss their underlying motivations for cohabitating. The only things both partners have likely agreed upon is that living together would save on rent. Often the woman views cohabitation as a stepping-stone to marriage. She presumes her boyfriend feels the same way. But men usually choose to live with women essentially for convenience – available sex and shared expenses. Such differing expectations inevitably lead to conflict.
Cohabitation has become a substitute for marriage. A bad substitute!
“If you dream of marrying someday, don’t move in together,” or “Please move out of that cohabitating situation.
From: Living Together – Myths, Risks & Answers by Mike & Harriet McManus, Cofounders of Marriage Savers