Listed below are the factors that make a successful marriage, versus those that make a failed one. As expected, living together before marriage increases your risks of being divorced, as does getting married at a young age.
The data come from more than 15 different studies.
* Factors in a Good Marriage
|Age||Over 20-years-old||Under 20-years-old|
|Cohabitation||None or once||Twice or more|
|Family of Origin||Intact||Divorced|
– Rich Deems, “Is Living Together Before Marriage a Good Idea?”, www.godandscience.org.