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[QUOTE=commited]Does anyone know what some of them are? My boyfriend and I plan on moving in together and we want to make it work.What are some of the problems that commonly happen and what can we do to prevent them?

Please reply,I know some of you can help us out.

Thank You[/QUOTE]

First of all, could you specify how old you and your boyfriend are? How long have you been dating? Are you engaged? Do you plan to eventually marry or is this just an "experiment"? This will all affect my answer. In general, though, as a woman who has lived with a man, without being married to him, for four years, I can't recommend it. If you are hoping to marry him, that is. If all you expect from living together is just living together, then I guess it's fine. But know that many men would live together instead of getting married in the first place, because living together is as far as they want the relationship to go. Then, if after years of living together, it becomes apparent that the relationship isn't going anywhere, it is SO much harder to break up. Living together is almost like being married without the protection and the status that the marriage provides. All I can say is if I had a daughter who was in her early 20s, I would not allow her to live together with just a boyfriend. It is way too emotionally devastating, should things not work out, and I would want to spare her the pain I had to go through. In my opinion, why play house with someone? If you're ready to live together, you are ready to get married, period. If you had doubts about marrying this person, you should not live together. A test drive is not necessary. That's just my opinion, though, and I'm sure other people will tell you otherwise. And, in case you're wondering, I'm not some religious grandmother. I'm 31 and completely secular. I hope this helps.

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