The Effects of Marriage vs. Cohabitation On Crime

Parker Knight Compfight CC
Parker Knight Compfight CC

In Florida, it is still technically illegal for an unmarried man and woman to live together, but that might be about to change.

Senator Eleanor Sobel recently filed a bill to repeal the outdated law, which CBS reports “has been on the books for decades,” in spite of a 2011 attempt to change it. Ms. Sobel’s bill “would also remove a provision that allows a judge to prevent a parent from having contact with their child if they are convicted of breaking the cohabitation law.”

As many view cohabitation as the new marriage, this story made few headlines. But new research indicates that many states and municipalities have more of a reason for interest than they might realize in this seemingly innocuous behavior of their constituents.

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