You and your significant other have been together for some time now. You’ve discussed marriage and even the possibility of moving in with each other. While this used to be taboo for couples in the past, more and more are now deciding to move in with each other before they tie the know. Here are some of the positives of living together before marriage.
- You learn each other’s quirks before marriage. If you’ve never lived with each other, you may not know his quirky habits or vice versa. Moving in together before tying the knot allows you to get used to each other and get the uncomfortable phase of working out the kinks out of the way. It also eliminates you and your partner having to deal with this while planning a wedding or even after the wedding when you should be in marriage bliss.
- You can plan your wedding together, at home. For couples who do not live together, they constantly have to schedule time to plan out their wedding. If you live together, you can plan out your wedding even while cooking dinner. Every little bit helps to ease the stress that can come with planning a wedding.
- You can figure out and solve any financial issues. When people get married, they do not take into account certain aspects, such as finances. Once you are legally married, not only will you be taking your partner’s last name, you will also be taking his debt and whatever other financial responsibilities he has. Living together before getting married is a great way for you to figure out each other’s finances so there are no surprises. You can also begin to make mutual decisions about how finances should be. It’s a mini crash course before you are legally bound to each other.
- You will spend more time with each other. You may think you spend enough time together as is, but think about how great it would be to come to your favorite person every night without having to worry about them leaving later in the night? As you spend more time with each other, you can create special moments that you would not be able to do if you were not cohabitating. You may even see certain endearing sides of your partner you’ve never seen before.
- You learn how to share responsibility for things. Since you will be living together, your decisions will affect your partner and you will need to make sure that whatever decision you make is not only in your best interest but your partner’s as well. It may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you and your partner will be such pros you won’t even have to worry about it after you’re married.
Ultimately it should be up to you and your partner to decide what is right for you. Living together, however, does have many perks, especially if you plan on getting hitched in the near future.