Breaking Up Is More Expensive Than You Think

You know the story: You move in with someone, start combining your lives. You're not married, but you share expenses, purchase furniture/art, even get pets or have children. You think if it doesn't work out, you can just walk away without the stigma or cost of divorce. Only it is a lot like divorce, and can still be… » 7/27/14 2:30pm 7/27/14 2:30pm

Attention, Strumpets: 'Shacking Up' Might Actually Lower Divorce Risk

Conservative grandmothers across this great nation of ours love to warn their female progeny that if they give "the milk" away "for free," then no one will want to "buy the cow." Often concurrent with this adage is the belief that a solid bloc of statistics show that premarital cohabitation — or "shacking up" or… » 3/11/14 7:00pm 3/11/14 7:00pm

Times Reports on Young New Yorkers Staying Roommates After Breaking Up

New York Times trend pieces can be pretty irritating, especially when they focus on Williamsburg residents who can their own figs and take their pet goats to a dog park. Still, even the most irritating trend pieces about a city where value systems are so remarkably exaggerated (and, therefore, seem absolutely bonkers… » 6/09/13 3:00pm 6/09/13 3:00pm

Living Together Without Getting Married Is the 'New' Norm

Unmarried couples who cohabitate are staying together longer than they used to, much to Patti Stanger and your grandma's dismay. According to the first federal data on the issue, out today, more of them are having children, too, even without paying a shit ton of money to walk down an aisle first. » 4/04/13 11:35am 4/04/13 11:35am

In Studies That Make Perfect Sense, Men’s Views on Abortion Change with…

A new study of unmarried men living (in sin, hellfire, brimstone, blah!) with female partners has found that most of them would prefer to be consulted about an impending abortion, and, perhaps encouragingly, that this insistence to be included in a pregnancy-terminating decision had less to do with entrenched… » 10/10/12 2:25pm 10/10/12 2:25pm

Why Do We Suck at Taking Birth Control?

According to a new government report, American women, as a population, are not awesome at taking birth control. Okay, I'm not being fair — it's not American women in general who are bad, it's unmarried women who live with their significant others who are exceptionally not awesome at taking birth control. In fact, they… » 7/25/12 11:40am 7/25/12 11:40am

Go Ahead and Live in Sin! Science Says It's Okay

There are plenty of nice reasons to get married, but increasingly the basic experience of being married doesn't seem all that different from simply living together without ever making it legal—or living in sin, as our grandmothers like to call it. Now there's some new research that proves that the line between… » 1/19/12 11:00am 1/19/12 11:00am

Cohabitation Is Illegal In Florida, And Conservatives Want To Keep It…

Florida Republicans haven't done this country many favors, but one, Rep. Ritch Workman has taken up a surprisingly sensible cause: He wants to get rid of several ridiculous, outdated laws, including one that makes it illegal for unmarried couples to live together. Unfortunately, his fellow Republicans are expected to… » 8/31/11 10:03pm 8/31/11 10:03pm

Daily Mail: Cohabitation Makes Women Want To Kill Themselves

The British tabloid we love to hate has taken a story about rising suicide rates among single women and turned it into a treatise against cohabitation. The Government's Office for National Statistics in England released a report showing that women who are not married kill themselves at three times the rate of women… » 2/29/08 9:30am 2/29/08 9:30am