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      A look at living together before marriage

      Dave Silverstein and Emily Schneider have been engaged for more than three months. For the last three years, they have been living together.

      According to the Centers of Disease Control, more couples are just like Dave and Emily, cohabitating before marriage. It's increased by 14 percent since 1995; now 48 percent of women cohabit with their partner before marriage.

      For Dave and Emily, it came down to finances.

      "It was mutual," said Dave Silverstein.

      "I think we kind of just figured out that we were either at one house or the other," said Emily Schneider. "It was pointless to pay two separate rents."

      By living together, they have been able to save money and pay off their credit cards. Some couples also see it as a trial run before marriage.

      However, some counselors say there are advantages to living separately.

      "It makes it easier than it would be otherwise," said Colin Jenkins, "to be able to sit back and analyze, say you know there's this habit I'm seeing or this particular behavior that I've observed. What do I think about that? Would I be willing to live with that for next fifty, sixty, seventy years?"

      For Jay Jurkovich and Breanna Cretens, that's something they are taking seriously. They have been in a relationship for more than a year and are waiting until marriage to live together. They say it's because they want to stay true to their religious beliefs.

      "We want to practice those skills of purity and chastity," said Jay Jurkovich. "First Corinthian's chapter thirteen says 'love is patient, love is kind' and to really test out those virtues before we get married."

      Both couples say regardless of their living status, they have always been committed to each other. Each couple is planning on saying 'I do' this summer.