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Contrary to expectations, although more than four out of five couples in Britain choose to live together before getting married, marriage remains the most likely eventual long-term choice made by cohabiting couples.

Jubilee Centre

Around three in five couples who stop cohabiting decide to get married, while less than two in five separate, so marriage is still the preferred relationship choice of the vast majority of adults. However, cohabitation is typically a short-lived and fragile state on its own terms, and those couples who cohabit prior to marriage are at a greatly increased risk of divorce.