How did living together before marriage work out for you? Successful or not?

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  1. janshares profile image92
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    How did living together before marriage work out for you? Successful or not?

    I'm doing a hub on this subject and would like to hear about some real experiences.

  2. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    My then-girlfriend and I moved in together in 1997, with the intention of getting married as soon as we could afford it.
    We were married in 1999 and here we are, 14 years and two kids later, she hasn't had the locks changed yet so I guess that means she's gonna keep me.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That's wonderful to hear, FatFreddysCat. I think you're a keeper. You guys are in the minority. Thanks for answering.

  3. Heather Says profile image94
    Heather Saysposted 10 years ago

    It worked out great for my husband and I.  We started dating in 2003, became engaged in '07, moved in together in '08 and were married in 2011.  I think dating for just shy of five years prior to living together played a key part in our future together.  Our wedding anniversary is actually at the end of the month and lately I'm amazed how quickly the two years of marriage have gone by and the ten years together.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely, Heather, kudos to you for getting to know each other by dating for good while. Thanks for answering and sharing your success story.

  4. CraftytotheCore profile image75
    CraftytotheCoreposted 10 years ago

    The first marriage, I lived with him for about a year.  Mainly because I had taken a new job an hour away and he offered a place to stay closer to work.  It worked out well except he had hoarding issues which I wasn't aware of.  I tried to clean a spare room one time.  I found cardboard boxes broken down and placed in between mattresses.  There was a bookcase in a box never put together.  So, I put the bookcase up, bought fresh linens, disposed of the cardboard boxes.  He was furious.  This was before all of the reality tv shows about hoarding were on.

    We ultimately married and we ended up divorcing.  Those should have been clues for me in the beginning.  I wanted to overlook it all.  When we moved to a different place, I had this idea for the spare room to create my studio.  He immediately blocked that idea and stifled everything I dreamed about.  He couldn't stand the way I organized everything.

    I'm re-married now and I didn't live with my husband beforehand this time.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wow. You've been through it and back. Thanks so much, Crafty, for sharing and giving a heartfelt answer with a happy ending.

  5. Pamela N Red profile image84
    Pamela N Redposted 10 years ago

    My husband and I lived together for a year and a half before we got married and we've been married 31 years so in my case it worked out.

    People don't show their true colors until you live with them or at the very least know each other a decent amount of time. We put our best foot forward when dating and are on our best behavior.

    On the flip side of that coin I have known people who become comfortable only living together and when one is ready for marriage the other one drags their feet so you need to have a talk before hand and make sure both parties agree to the arrangement.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Excellent advice, Pamela. I applaud you example of success. Thanks for answering.

  6. Billie Kelpin profile image85
    Billie Kelpinposted 10 years ago

    I have a case AGAINST NOT living together i.e. FOR living together.  My first husband and I were both Catholic and I had been very devout;  he had been in the minor seminary.  The abstinence issue, I believe, drove the intensity of our relationship, along with the Vietnam war, beyond all reasonable measure. "Tim" was scheduled to come home at Christmas after Basic and OCS (I think that was what it was) before being scheduled to leave for Vietnam that January.  We both knew that our emotions were so intense that we would not be able to NOT sleep together when he came home at Christmas. Our priest actually advised us to go ahead FORGET about abstinence during his leave, but we had been so conditioned that we couldn't do that.  So nine days before he came home on leave, he called and said he knew I wouldn't be able to live with myself and that meant he wouldn't be able to live himself feeling guilty for  my guilt.  So we threw together a lovely little wedding in nine days. And then he went to Vietnam for a year.  When he came home, we really didn't know each other, not because of the war, but because of the short "courtship".  Would we have been married anyway if we had lived together?  Probably.  But I think we each would have been more aware of who each other was.  Not knowing that information, I think, wasn't helpful in resolving problems. We had to "learn on the job."
    We both were the only people either had slept with.  I will never know if after 18 years of a very satisfying marriage for me, whether or not that was the reason he left.  His leaving was devastating. I DO think our outcome would have been more positive if we have lived together before hand.  A great deal of heartache might have been forestalled. But that is something I will never know for sure.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I really appreciate your sharing that very personal story, Billie. I agree you definitely needed to know each other better and maybe living together would have worked as it has for many others, despite what the research says. Thanks for answering.

    2. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Jan,  The older I become, the stronger the need to share something of my life that might be useful.  It's often hard to judge appropriateness, but as this point, I'm all "oh-what-the-heck..." It feels worth the risk.

  7. Bishop55 profile image89
    Bishop55posted 10 years ago

    better than marriage actually!  lol.  We lived together 2 years before we were married and I feel we were very happy during that time.  Something about the official-ness of it being on paper made the first 2 years of marriage pretty hard.  At least for me anyhow.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting take, Bishop55. I can understand that the added pressure and expectations made it difficult. Thanks for answering.

  8. lburmaster profile image71
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    It depends on the commitment of the two involved. For my husband and I, it worked out fine. We spent a year in the same house to see if we could have a simple time of living together. We agreed to not even consider breaking up as an option. The year before I'd taken a class on close relationships that included a study on cohabitation. Couples who were more committed had an increased chance of remaining together.

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your answer, lburmaster, another great example of it working out. You're right about commitment level. I found that out in the research for my hub.

  9. DDE profile image45
    DDEposted 10 years ago

    We lived together for a year and a half  and now married for twenty years so it worked out well, No marriage is perfect

    1. janshares profile image92
      jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That's great news, DDE. HP writers seem to defy the odds :-) The research for my hub says otherwise. Thanks for answering.


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