In a recent government survey released by the Associated Press, nearly half of young women say the first time they lived with a guy, they weren't married.
According to the AP in 1995, only 34% of couples said they moved in together before getting married, whereas now it's 48%.
FOX 31 spoke to Dr. Cheryl Kaiser with Insight Counseling who said she can see why this might become a controversy here in Southwest Georgia. Dr. Kaiser said many of the couples she sees and talks to here are very faith-based or come from faith-based families, so the topic is a sensitive one.
Dr. Kaiser advises couples who are struggling with having their parents support their decision to move in together before marriage to sit down and let everyone share their opinions and their concerns. Kaiser says communication is key in these kinds of situations.
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