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There are lots of things to consider before you take the plunge to live together. It certainly takes the relationship to another level of intimacy and commitment but it can also spell the end if it's not done properly.
Moving in together is a big step in a relationship. On the other hand moving in does have it's perks. It's a good way to save on rent and expenses. Your sexual activities may increase, and you can take your relationship to the next level. Cohabitation can be construed as a sign of commitment and joy.
When you're in your early 20s and moving in with your boyfriend for the first time, you're both just starting to build your lives. In many ways it's a lot easier, a lot less risky, than moving in with someone when you're in your 30s and starting to settle yourself down independently.
In her article titled "Don't Live With Your Boyfriend If You Want To Get Married," Debra Macleod provides her reasons for why she thinks couples should not make the cohabitation commitment before the man decides to "put a ring on it." Macleod refers to herself as a "relationship expert." She may want to reconsider that title.
In response to my boyfriend's question about "no-nuptials" I said I'd definitely be "open" to the idea. My friend Tara said: "The biggest problem I see with no-nupts is that they draw an invisible emotional boundary between the two of you. And when it comes to creating a serious future with someone, you have to be ALL in, or redefine what you are."