A New Option For Unhappily Married Couples: Skip the Divorce Process And Just Live Separately

Here's some interesting news for long-term unhappily married couples who aren't exactly in relationship bliss but don't want to go through the legal turmoil of divorce. More and more married couples are opting to live separately and meet maybe a couple of times a year while remaining married under the eye of the law.

The New York Times reported of this increasingly popular arrangement in a recent article "The Un-Divorced." Physically separated but legally bound, some married couples choose to live separately--whether in the same city or in completely different states. Some couples even report to kind of liking the arrangement, and getting along better with their estranged spouses now that they are no longer sharing the same roof and living space 24/7.

Maybe the children have already grown up and left the house, and there's no need to go through the draining drama of divorce settlements. Maybe there is no rush to find a new romantic partner.

And of course--there are the tax and health care benefits of staying married. The majority of un-divorced couples do the whole separation thing out of financial convenience.

Some examples of famous people who followed this formula: super-rich chairman Warren Buffet, artist William de Kooning. Some not-so-famous examples of people who follow this formula: probably at least one coupleship you know of in your circle of contacts.

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