New research debunks the myth that cohabitation before marriage leads to higher divorce rates. 

Dr. Arielle Kuperberg at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro says that data was flawed because it was based solely on the age of when couples got married.

This was her conclusion in a report prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families.

"If you take into account the age at which couples move in together, there actually is no difference in divorce rates between people who live together before marriage and people who don't," she tells KTRH News.

Age however, still plays an important role in divorce rates.

"Couples that move in together when they're 18, they have almost a 60-percent chance of getting divorced," says Kuperberg.  "While couples that move in together when they're 23, they have about a 30-percent chance of divorce."

So go ahead and shack up, just wait until your mid-20s to do so.

"It could help confirm for some people that they want to get married, it could confirm for some people that they don't want to get married," says Kuperberg.

"What my research shows is that living together really shouldn't be a problem, it shouldn't affect later marital happiness, it shouldn't affect your divorce rate," she says.