We’d go to the shops together, we’d go out with our friends together…basically we didn’t have lives that allowed us to be anything but attached at the hip.
I was a stay at home mum and he worked at home too so we barely spent a moment apart in all the years we were married.
The only thing that all LAT couples have in common is that they find life easier when they don’t share living space with their partner.
Couples who were surveyed for stories on the LAT phenomenon for Elle, Self, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle say the greatest benefit to their relationships is the preservation of their individual freedoms.
About a third see their relationship as too early for cohabitation, while others are prevented from living together, although they wish to do so, because of constraints like housing costs or (more rarely) job location.
LAT couples account for around 10% of adults in Britain, a figure which equates to over a quarter of all those not married or cohabiting.
Similar figures are recorded for other countries in northern Europe, including Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
(The male is a friend, the female is just his girlfriend who we are not super fond of.)How should we address the invitation?
When people think about marriage, they think about intimacy, companionship, and mutual affection.