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24 November 2007

Couples often decide to move in together assuming it will be a fairytale romance, but living on top of each other can bring about some stark realities, so there are important considerations to bear in mind before making this important move.

Make sure you discuss what you expect from living together before you take the plunge. This can involve talking about how you will spend your time and how responsibility will be divided.

Be certain that you are not about to cohabit with someone who has an attitude to money and household chores that is irreconcilable with your own, according to

A helpful skill to develop is negotiating needs, not positions. By explaining why you want something and not only what you want can help you to see one another's perspectives and reach compromises.

Forgetting relationships outside the one you have with your partner will also mean your live-in love is doomed to fail.

Ensure you have separate elements of your lives to give you time out and more to talk about when you are in each other's company.ADNFCR-1016-ID-18366432-ADNFCR