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Well, yes de-facto relationships probably do break up more often then formal marriages. After all de-facto relationships tends to come first, and only if it looks like it will work people marry.

But if we limit our interest to couples with children, the Swedish study I previously linked gives about the same rate of sticking together ten years afer birth of first common child those that married first and then lived together and those that first had a de-facto relationship - 70%. Highest sticking together rate was found among those that first lived together, then got a child and then got married - 88%, narrowly beating those that first lived together, then married and then got a child - 83%. This indicates that those that do marry in a social context where de-facto relationships are acceptable are among those with stabler relationships in the first place. So it is not the marriage that increases the sticking together rate, but the sticking together likelihood that determines marriages.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:20:24 AM EST
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