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New trend in older relationships

Illinois residents who get married certainly do not initially foresee themselves getting divorced as that would be completely counter to the point of getting married. But, when a person has been divorced, they may take a different view on getting married again. It only takes one divorce to learn just how difficult and painful the experience can be and that is something people would want to avoid a second time.

It appears that such experiences may be contributing to a new trend among people in the United States who are 60 years of age or older. This involves them establishing long-term romantic and intimate relationships with other people. However, instead of pursuing a new marriage or even living together, more and more couples are choosing to maintain their relationships while maintaining their own separate residences.

The desire to avoid upsetting family ties and relationships as well as the wish to be financially independent are two factors that seem to be identified as important priorities among people who are living apart together, as this is now being called. While this approach may avoid potential issues involved in an ultimate divorce, it can bring about new issues when family members later on need to make long-term care decisions or face other serious situations.

Discussing one's living situation, financial ties and future with another person may be something that an Illinois resident wants to do with an attorney as this could help provide insight into how to protect themselves and their families.

Source: Business Insider, "More older people in America are embracing a new relationship style called 'living apart together'," Sheena Rice, May 21, 2017

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