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Gillian Anderson on 'Special' Relationship: We Don't Shack Up

Living with beau Peter Morgan 'would be the end of us'

(Newser) - Gillian Anderson has a secret on what makes her relationship work with partner Peter Morgan, who pens the hit Netflix series The Crown, in which she plays Margaret Thatcher: She won't live with him. In an interview with the Sunday Times over the weekend, the 51-year-old ex-X Files star...

'I Know It's Terrible': Why Whoopi Wants to Live Alone

The co-host of the 'The View' admits cohabitation isn't for her

(Newser) - Whoopi Goldberg will have you over, but stay for good? No way. "When you make a commitment to live with someone else, it's a commitment to ask their opinion and listen and work it out with them. I don't want to do that," the 64-year-old said...

'We Can't Go Back to '50s': More Babies Born Outside Wedlock

40% in the US, 60% in the EU

(Newser) - In a big cultural shift, 40% of all US births now happen outside of marriage, according to a new UN report. That's up from just 10% in 1970, Bloomberg Quint reports. In the European Union, 60% of births occur outside of wedlock. In most cases, the births are to...

US Catholics Clash With Vatican Over These 5 'Sins'

Divorce, non-traditional families among them

(Newser) - American Catholics may be fans of Pope Francis—but not necessarily the ideas he represents as head of the Catholic Church. A new Pew Research Center poll of 5,122 adults shows Americans who identify as Catholic are much more accepting and have a very different view on what constitutes...

Soon to Be Legal in Florida: Living in Sin

 Soon to Be 
 Legal in Florida: 
 Living in Sin 

Soon to Be Legal in Florida: Living in Sin

Bill would repeal 1868 law banning cohabitation

(Newser) - Soon, the 500,000-plus couples currently "living in sin" in Florida will, at least, not be breaking the law of the land. The state legislature is moving to repeal the 1868 law that makes unwed cohabitation illegal, Reuters reports. And while it sounds rather funny, it's not always...

Shacking Up Before Marriage Not a Ticket to Divorce

 Shacking Up 
 Before Marriage 
 Not a Ticket 
 to Divorce 
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Shacking Up Before Marriage Not a Ticket to Divorce

Study found age when you live together, married or not, matters most

(Newser) - In a study that throws conventional wisdom to the wind, a sociologist now says that shacking up before marriage isn't tied to divorce, in what is ostensibly good news for the two-thirds of marriages where cohabitation precedes the wedding day. Researchers and social commentators have proclaimed the existence of...

The New Normal: Cohabitation
 The New Normal: Cohabitation 

The New Normal: Cohabitation

Living together increasingly popular in US: study

(Newser) - A new study finds that cohabitation is becoming increasingly popular in the US, with more unmarried couples living together longer and having children together. USA Today breaks out some of the big findings from the federal study:
  • For 48% of women ages 15 to 44, their "first union" was

Cohabitating Couples Having More Babies
 Cohabitating Couples 
 Having More Babies 
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Cohabitating Couples Having More Babies

23% of all births to unmarried, cohabitating women

(Newser) - Non-traditional families are on the rise in the US, as more unmarried couples are having babies together. In 2002, just 14% of all births were to women who lived with a partner. But between 2006 and 2010, 23% of all births were to cohabitating women, a new federal report finds....

More Kids Born to Parents Livin' in Sin

Experts think it's because many are skipping the wedding in a crappy economy

(Newser) - It's a demographic trend to wreck an elementary school chant: First comes love, then comes ... mama and the baby carriage? The number of unmarried new moms living with a male shot up from 9% in 1985 to a whopping 27% from 2003 to 2010, according to a new study....

Marriage Won't Make You Happier: Study

At least, not compared to just living with your partner

(Newser) - If you're living with your significant other, don't worry too much about tying the knot, because it won't make you any happier, according to a new study. The study followed 2,737 single men and women for six years, watching as 896 of them either got married...

In Florida, Living in Sin Is Also Breaking the Law

But a lawmaker is looking to change that

(Newser) - You may not know it, but if you’re an unmarried Florida couple currently living together, you’re breaking the law. Such cohabitation is a second-degree misdemeanor, and it could cost you up to $500 or 60 days in jail. The law, which dates back to the 1800s, is in...

4 in 10 Say Marriage Is Becoming Obsolete

And 'family' can include unmarried couples, most believe

(Newser) - As marriage rates fall , more Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete: About 39% of Americans, to be exact. That number is up from 28% who held the same belief in 1978, according to a new study. Nearly one in three children in the US lives with a divorced, separated,...

Marriage Rates Fall: Who Can Afford It?

More young couples postpone it, live together instead

(Newser) - Marriage: Who needs, er, can afford it these days? Apparently quite a few can't, as there are more never-married young adults than married young adults for the first time in more than a century, the New York Times reports. The data, from last year’s census, suggest that the recession...

Miley Not Ready for Live-In Love

Teen is too easily annoyed to live with older boyfriend

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus isn’t ready to move in with her 20-year-old boyfriend—not because she’s a mere 16 years old, but because she gets “annoyed really easily,” the New York Post reports. The Disney starlet told a Detroit radio station, “Just like, everything has to, like,...

Peterson Fiancee, After Bolting, Moves Back In

Father vows to break up daughter, murder suspect

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s latest galpal—who claimed last week their engagement was nothing more than a publicity stunt—has moved back in with the suspected wife killer, the Joliet Herald News reports. The move comes less than two weeks after 24-year-old Christina Raines moved out of Peterson’s house with...

While We're At It, Give Marriage a Bailout

Recession, laws making it more expensive, so make nuptials easier

(Newser) - Between the recession and various legal knots, it’s no wonder so many Americans are eschewing marriage, Mark Penn writes in the Wall Street Journal. Either go with the bailout flow and revamp tax codes and the like to make marriage easier and less financially constrictive, or use similar tactics...

Live-In Lovers Hit Record Number

6.4M unmarried hetero couples live together

(Newser) - The number of unmarried heterosexual couples living together reached a record 6.4 million in 2007, or 10% of all hetero couples who share a home, according to the Census Bureau. It's a snapshot of the changing American family. Some 2.5 million of the couples—45.5%—are raising...

Army Allowing Spouses to Live Together in Iraq

Long-standing policy gives way in name of boosting morale, re-enlistment

(Newser) - Desperate to combat sagging morale from repeated deployments to Iraq, the US Army has quietly eased rules against married soldiers living together at war, the AP reports. Wedded soldiers in certain camps can now cohabitate in private trailers. "It makes a lot of things easier," said soldier and...

Record Few Say 'I Do' in UK
 Record Few Say 'I Do' in UK 

Record Few Say 'I Do' in UK

Weddings at 144 year low

(Newser) - The number of marriages is plummeting in the UK, where newly released government figures have revealed the fewest weddings since the middle of the 19th century. Fewer than 23 men in every 1000 said "I do" in 2006 as more couples opt for cohabitation without a marriage license. The...

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