Married But Not Living Together?

Posted by Judy Orr on Friday, November 18th, 2005 at 5:29am.

couple living in different homesI read another article yesterday that was almost unbelievable. It stated that recent census reports show that more than three million couples actually live in separate residences.

The article was about a couple that got married and stayed in their respective homes instead of moving in together because they already had their pet peeves about each other. One was that she was a neat freak and he was a pack rat. The other was the fact that he had a music studio in his place and she needed quiet to do her work at home. They actually split up the wedding gifts between the two homes and they do spend nights with each other and have dinner together. They also conveniently live across the street from each other.

I consider myself to be open but I don't know about this arrangement. As a REALTOR® this might be a good thing. But the couple in the article already had their two residences. She owned a single family home and he was renting a place.

I'm also thinking that many of those three million couples are possibly separated from each other and just haven't gone through the legal process yet. Hey, I know living together can get nerve wracking and sometimes I've wondered what it would be like to be happily married but live apart. But I haven't met one couple with this kind of arrangement and I figure why get married if you can't live with each other. What do you think?

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