Study Finds That More Couples Are Choosing to Live Apart

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


One in ten British adults are in a relationship but not living with their partner, according to a new study by researchers at Birkbeck University in London, together with colleagues at the University of Bradford and the NatCen Social Research.

Identified by sociologists as LATs (“living apart together”), these are people whom traditional government censuses would normally identify as single — but are far from it.  According to the study, published April 23, LATs in a long-term relationship  keep separate homes as much by choice as by circumstance — if not more.

(MORE: More Young Couples Commit — To Homeownership Before Marriage)

Very few LATs actually chose to live apart because of where their jobs are: only 8% said that was the reason. A third of those surveyed live apart because they feel they are not ready to live together, while another third see living…

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