Dr. Arielle Kuperberg, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, was interviewed by TODAY Health and NJ.com about a study she completed regarding couples cohabitating before marriage and the likelihood of divorce.

In a study that Kuperberg completed for the Council on Contemporary Families, it was found that there is actually little correlation between divorce and living together before marriage. These findings shakes up research from the past 20 years that previously indicated cohabitation increased a couple’s chance of divorce.

In her interview with TODAY Health, Kuperberg mentioned that cohabitation has increased by more than 900 percent in the past 50 years. In regards to these statistics, the risk factors have more to do with age and maturity rather than the actual act of moving in together.

“What leads to divorce is when people move in with someone – with or without a marriage license – before they have the maturity and experience to choose compatible partners and to conduct themselves in ways that can sustain a long-term relationship,” as relayed to NJ.com

Kuperberg later clarified with a bolder statement: “Early entry into marriage or cohabitation, especially prior to age 23, is the critical risk factor for divorce.”

The entire report by Kuperberg can be read here.

The News & Record published a later article about Kuperberg on this topic.