Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are the new family role model and over 12 million couples of all ages are now living together... cohabitation has become a new American Institution!
There are only two reasons why I'd move in and live with another girlfriend. We're married and determined to fill a sweatshop with our nimble-fingered love critters. Or she cracks me in the head with a shovel, sews my mouth shut, replaces my eyeballs with marbles, and sits my stuffed body in the corner. Whatever you do, don't move in with your boyfriend. What? It's too late? Sweet Zeus, Odin, and Quetzalcoatl, winged serpent god of the Aztecs! I hope your cohabitation doesn't end the way two (two!) of mine did – with helicopters launching off the roof amidst tornadoes of debris and smoke, a single individual hanging off the skids, flipping the bird to the person whose name is on the lease.
You've heard it from cohabitants time and again: living with someone means making major lifestyle compromises—relinquishing half the bed, the closet, the TV remote, etc. But what about the microscopic adjustments that catch a couple completely off-guard?
Here's to hoping this isn't a new type of breakup. On NYTimes.com, there's a story about a couple who was engaged to be married, er well make a life commitment to one another, but decided against it. However, they still own two abodes together, have two mortgages together and are really interconnected. Now, we realize things are getting harder during the recession, but if we had to cohabit with our ex, well, let's just say only one of us would come of it alive. However, we still wish Benjamin Dixon and Bradford Shellhammer the best of luck in this endeavor.
Joshua Jackson, whom we will try not to refer to as "Pacey" for the rest of this blog post, and his ladyfriend of three years, Troy's Diane Kruger, are shacking up in the lovely seaside city of Vancouver, People reports. We are delighted for them and not at all green with envy that they will be right next to the 2010 Olympics and also are very beautiful, talented people who are in love and probably having excellent, prolific sex with each other.
Paul and Judith have been together for 17 years. They live together, renovated a house together, and share a home workspace. But they are not married. "Neither of us has ever been married, and we don't intend to marry each other. There are no practical reasons to do so—no kids (unless you count our elderly diabetic cat, Julius), no employer-paid health insurance—and several tax-related reasons not to." Nonetheless, they face the same financial strains and decisions that a married couple comes up against. This is the story of how an unconventional couple manages their finances, and why they've chosen this path.
Men from different lovestages debate whether or not to move in with a girlfriend before marriage. Some think it spells disaster for the relationship while others are convinced it's a necessary step. Watch five guys discuss the upsides and downsides to sharing a home with your partner before saying "I do." Their answers might surprise you!
It looks like Prince William and Kate Middleton may be getting slightly more serious after 6 years of dating. Rumor has it that she is semi-officially moving in with him at his RAF base in Shropshire. This cohabitation is a far cry from the breakups that these two regularly appear to have. Not as far from breaking up as marriage, but maybe it's a start. Now what are we going to do with Prince Harry?
This Month on the Parents Tool Talk Radio Show: "Make A Play Date With Your Spouse!" Valentine's Day is coming, and this month, Jody and our guest expert will be discussing romance for parents and parenting partners in a show we've titled: "Make A Play Date With Your Spouse!"
Well-educated Aussie women usually divorce poorer-educated men, sometimes guys dump you even when they like you, a 30 day survival guide to cohabitation, surviving the sexless marriage, a Testosterone patch for women's libidos, memorable safe sex campaigns, more birth weight worries and a video about friends with benefits.
As the economy slows the cost of a divorce increases. Job loss. Mortgage defaults. Slowing housing market. They all factor in when going through a divorce. Is divorce becoming a luxury? With the high price tag on divorce, some couples have gone to the extreme. Many couples continue living together until they can afford a divorce. Some couples even reconcile because they simply cannot afford the cost of a divorce. One attorney recalls a client who moved into the computer server room in his office because he couldn't afford a new place. Many couples today are legally separating until they iron out their financial issues and settle debts.
There’s a lot of stuff that changes about a person after living with a person they’re dating, after a while. There’s the Big Stuff, of course—ideas about the future, the possibility of personal identity in coupledom, masculinity and femininity, all that stuff. Then there are the Specific Things, particular to each person. The messy learn to become neater, the antisocial get used to being dragged to parties, the disinterested-in-television start to enjoy watching Top Chef or Rock of Love or Gossip Girl -- the gradual blending of personalities that takes place when two different people make the thousand compromises necessary to successfully cohabitate.
It's been a slow week in old tabloid land. So, we heard that John Mayer may want to get engaged at some point. We also heard that Jake Gyllenhaal may be ready for kids. Yawn. We wonder what Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon think about these rumors.
This week brings one more study to prove something we already know: living together before marriage doesn't mean you're going to get divorced. You may be thinking "duh" -- when you live together you gain an understanding of what your life would be like together - but until now research didn't support what common sense suggests. Studies from the '80s and '90s showed that couples that shacked up before wedded bliss were more likely to split up.
A while back, people were saying—and are still saying—that the institution of marriage was dead. That couples were not interested in and did not need to make their bonds legal. Well, not so, says The Guardian. In a recent article, new research suggests that it’s not the interest level that’s affecting declining marriage rates—it’s income levels.