Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.
Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.
Children are more likely to be abused by their mothers' boyfriends than by her husband, even if the boyfriend is their biological father.
If a cohabiting couple ultimately marries, they tend to report lower levels of marital satisfaction and a higher propensity to divorce.
Just because a couple plays house by cohabitating or taking vacations with each other's families, that doesn't necessarily equate to marriage, Seligson said. Her book, released earlier this year, combines scientific research and interviews with more than 160 couples who are "a little bit married." CNN asked Seligson about these lengthy relationships, cohabitation and advice for couples who are in long-term relationships.
"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.Cohabitation is an arrangement where two people who are not married live together.Such arrangements have become increasingly common in Western countries during the past few decades, being led by changing social views, especially regarding marriage, gender roles and religion.To "cohabit", in a broad sense, means to "coexist".Today, cohabitation is a common pattern among people in the Western world.