Living With Your Boyfriend Is A Crime In Florida

Couple in handcuffs

An antiquated Florida law has cohabitating couples facing jail time.

Looking for a place to live with your boyfriend in Florida? There's a cozy one-room studio behind bars waiting for you. A state law that dates back to the 1800's condemns opposite-sex unmarried couples living under the same roof.

The Sun-Sentinel reports: "Cohabitation of unmarried people is currently a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by $500 or up to 60 days in jail. The same penalty applies to cheating husbands and wives—though only to opposite-sex couples."

Though it's been largely ignored by courts, it's getting renewed attention as a local representative, Ritch Workman, attempts to have it repealed.

The law, which also condemns adultery, has been forgotten but not gone—with the exception of a 2006 case when a Jacksonville woman got her husband handcuffed for cheating.

"It's not generally reported and out of 20 years in law enforcement, I've never seen a person arrested. But, it is on the books," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Spokesman Ken Jefferson told local news at the time of the case.

Now with renewed attention, many unmarried couples could also be defending themselves in court or finding refuge out of state. According to a 2000 Florida Census poll, households with "unmarried partners" increased by 77 percent over 10 years. With more unmarried senior co-habitators than ever nationwide, the retirement state may also be looking less appealing for snowbirds.  

Read more details at Yahoo! Shine: Unmarried Couples Could Go To Jail For Living Together In Florida

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This article was originally published at Shine. Reprinted with permission from the author.