Divorced Couples Living Together: Interesting or Crazy?


I think it's very interesting. I hadn't known that this was possible before. But I found out that when people get divorced and they have kids, the visitation and custody schedules are only for the minimum amount of the times the kids have to see the other parent. There's nothing wrong or illegal about going outside of the schedule, and letting the other parent see the kids as often as they want to. Or even just throwing that all into the air, and just flat out living together! I think this article and it's stories explain it the best. People can be funny as hell:

The article: Is This Nuts? More Couples Living Together After Divorce

Divorced Couples Living Together: Interesting or Crazy?

My fave parts:

“They split up,” as if revealing that said mutual friend had purchased a new pair of clogs.

“What are you talking about?” I said, too loudly.

“You didn’t know?” Soccer Pal asked, so incredulous that I momentarily wondered if the news had been posted on the township Facebook page: “There was a burglary on Virginia Avenue. Kristen and

Bill split up. Leaf pickup starts on Friday the 3rd.”

I’d just seen them together at Dunkin’ Donuts, all of them, including the four kids. I recalled jolly laughter and the aura of bona fide togetherness-ness. Kristen and Bill were always together. At games. At the pool. At the block party. It wasn’t like Kristen and I were BFFs, but her cell number was programmed into my phone. We texted.

Divorced Couples Living Together: Interesting or Crazy?

Same couple they were talking about, but now the author is talking to the ex-wife:

“I’m not surprised you didn’t notice,” she said. “We’re separated. Totally. But Bill’s always around. He sleeps over at least three nights a week.”

“He sleeps over?” I repeated.

“On the couch,” she clarified. “But he takes the kids to school, the whole thing. It kind of … I don’t know … it kind of works. It’s better. For the kids. I didn’t want to uproot them. It’s their house. I’m not sure when he’ll officially move out. Or if he’ll officially move out.”

I didn’t want to be meddlesome and ask the obvious question: If you split but you don’t actually split, isn’t that the equivalent of, um, marriage? Instead, I blurted out a far less invasive query: “Are you dating?”

“A little.”

This guy is so cool to his kids:

A couple out in Wayne did the same thing, but bought a small studio apartment nearby where each parent stayed on his or her off-time. Then there was the dad who moved out but came over every morning before the kids woke up to cook them breakfast.

Divorced Couples Living Together: Interesting or Crazy?

But then there's the crazies:

Each parent takes responsibility for their two daughters a few nights a week and every other weekend. On the dad’s off-weekends, he stays at his girlfriend’s house and the mom’s boyfriend moves in. On the mom’s weekends off, the dad’s girlfriend sleeps over. During the holidays, the four of them would be at the same neighborhood parties together. And back at the neighborhood block party in the summer.

And I agree with this chick:

“I mean,” she went on, “doesn’t it sound … great?”


"Think about it. You get to have sex all you want with whomever you want. You get to have the family fire burning at home. Of course, as soon as Joe started dating, I’d lose my shit. I’d probably kill him, but … ” She trailed off dreamily, then strolled away.

I do really like the idea, although I don't know how I'd handle him dating other women while living with me...but I do like it!! I could have other options for dating too. People can be creative as hell sometimes.

Divorced Couples Living Together: Interesting or Crazy?
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Most Helpful Girl

  • There was a Huge Article that came out in my own State that More and More Couples who Break up, End up Living together, A lot of times because of the Economy, Get along much Better, than when they Lived together as One at One time.
    It all Depends on the Situation at hand with every Woman and Man, and it also 'Depends' on what Compromise they come to And... Who is Anyone to Point fingers at Anyone's Life and how they Choose to Lead it?
    I know of two cases Myself as I Write this Right now. A friend is living with her Ex, they are Bestie friends, their kids are gone and they get Along... Better than when Married.
    Another Acquaintance of mine is Living with her Ex, and along with Helping one another with Finances, they find it is a Far Healthier Relationship to be their own Straw boss than to Feel... Any kind of Loss.
    Many couples who Split and Decide to Reside under the same roof, later Deciding to Date, May not give Away Anything More than they have to the 'Date,' until they See if is going to be a Match Made in Heaven.
    Good luck and Great Going. xx
    Is this still revelant?
    • Paris13

      Thank you, hun, for the Like. xxoo

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  • blondfrog
    Hmm interesting well if we think about marriage is just a traditional cultural contract practice. It was something practiced by and taught by religious people. I feel like most people now these days just get married for the tax benefits or simply because they were just raised that way. You don't need to be married to have a promising loyal relationship that's a bunch of hooey.
    Is this still revelant?

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What Girls & Guys Said

  • There are a few couples who could make this work but most couples would not last more than a few days and the kids would see mom and dad fighting all the time. When either of them starts dating, it will get worse exponentially. This is not a solution for most people because you cannot simply set aside human nature because it would be a cool thing to do.
  • scottlouise
    From my view, It is good to be separate with legal reason, but so many times couples are separate due to some misunderstanding. Divorced couples may stay a long time with a good relationship If they understand each other. For this type of couples “Pleasureplayz” helping so many times for sexual life. For this reason, the relationship becomes stronger.
  • Spiorad_Aisce
    I know a couple who have legally separated and live in the same house, it sounds like a nightmare - There are 3 kids maybe 10 to 15 - Tension levels are sky high - At this stage I say couple dislike each other but they are going to end up hating each other - Guy won't back down and agree to separate homes.
  • FanGirl67
    I have a friend who has divorced parents who live woth each other. They're from different countries, but she has told me that if something happens, they'd probably go back to their own separate countries. She's also told me that they argue a lot and they're barely home.
    • yeah, people can be creative but holy crap other countries!

    • FanGirl67

      Yh that's true. My friend wants to stay here, but it is family.

  • LaFemmeFatale
    I like that idea too :)
    At least it won't affect kids lives in a bad way.
  • twisttheknee
    HAHAHAHAHAHA I have an ex who had two kids with two different dads and the more recent one literally slept on the couch. I never had any doubts about her possibly going back to him for many reasons and I can understand why she let him stay but still IT'S CRAZY
    • yes there are some crazies who do this! But better for the kids probably.

  • btbc92
    This is one dysfunctional couple! If you can live together, you could have stayed married. If you can have sex together, you could have stayed married. Only dysfunctional people thinks like this! They have so much baggage, after a while the children will become so confused, and you want to know why your kids as they get older don't want a marriage let alone have your grand kids.

    Obviously the marriage isn't all that bad as they make it if they can still remain in the same environment let alone the same household! Its an excuse. This is not a mature couple. That is a red flag for me, and I would rather stay away.
  • Shakespear420
    It seems like it could work out given the right people, but my own situation is an example of how it can backfire. I'm the reason my parents haven't officially split and can't wait to get out of this house. They're both home a lot due to my dad being borderline unemployed (medical leave because his boss fucked him up mentally) and my mom working from home. Everything in my house is tense, they're either fighting, not talking, or talking shit about each other to me. If they had split before or better yet never got together in the first place both them and myself would be much better off. Divorce is never easy, but holding off on the separation process can cause a lot of harm in certain circumstances where the two parents are toxic when together.
    • You aren't the reason! Divorcing can cause huge financial stress for people, which is probably why so many of these couples are still together or even your parents are. It's got nothing to do with the kids really.

    • Thanks for trying to make me feel better but my dad told me to my face I am the reason he hasn't left my mom. My mom was gonna leave before I came into the picture and she quit her job "to take care of me" when as my father puts it I could've easily been a latchkey kid at 5 or 6. He has expressed blame towards me but most of the anger is with my mom who he delights in telling me during out father-son chats about how she's "a lazy selfish bitch" who "turns everyone against me". If it weren't for me the two of them would probably have split and made something of themselves instead of going down with the burning ship that is their marriage.

    • No... he was just taking his anger out on you. It sounds to me like your mom had to quit since... well, daycare can be really expensive. and there can just be so many financial issues... your dad probably didn't have a choice for leaving at all. And neither did she. That can happen to lots of people, they literally can't leave each other because of finances, the divorce issues, and just $ issues.

      I'm sorry he's so cruel towards you, but he said that because he knows that people our age don't usually know anything about finances and all of that. Which can be really true, so he knows you can't say anything back to him and he wins auto...

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  • Gommers
    retarded. It will only end up hurting the both of them in the end.
  • Loveherbut
    I think its okay if the realtionship ended for a good reason not because of lying or cheating.
  • anonman32
    who sleeps on a couch 3 nights a week? this dude deserves a bed.
  • Spectrumom
    I would never judge a couple for trying this. Because it sounds so ideal but it also sounds somewhat like a "have your cake and eat it too".

    When a marriage ends, it almost feels like a death in your family. It is a really tough adjustment and a grieving process. Not just for you, but your children. The most difficult part of that adjustment is learning to live apart and learning to tolerate loneliness. As hard as it is, it is necessary. For the whole family.

    As much as this might sound like an offbeat or unconventional way for divorced families to live, I think it may be more of a refusal to accept the inevitable future-a divorce. Again, I'm not judging but I think it could turn into an unhealthy situation.
  • Marinepilot
    It's fucked up in my opinion !
  • SlightlyCrazy
    No this is bound to implode
    Awful idea
  • frason77
  • Anonymous
    ıts crazy
  • Anonymous
    My parents broke up temporarily once, and honestly I didn't even know til years later because my dad was still always around. Like he'd come home at 6am to cook us kids breakfast and drop us to school, then he'd come home after work, put us to bed, then go back to his own place til the morning again. It was nice of him and I'll always be grateful to both my parents for allowing that to happen and not being like these bitter couples who let their relationship affect the kids.
    • I think that is so cool! yeah, lots of people like to get revenge on each other but things don't have to be that way.

    • BeeNee

      That is awesome, but only if like it seems in your life, they seemed civil about it. Though not divorcing until years later, my friends parents were separated and fought like every second. Didn't matter who was around. First time I met them, 15 minutes later they were in an argument. I felt so bad for the kids who had to live in that situation for years, and now years later they are divorced and one has re-married. I mean if you're going to do it for the sake of your children as your parents did, or for part of the reason, than do it in a way that benefits them, not hurts them further.

    • Anonymous

      @BeeNee yea, as time went on it got like that lol. I used to wish they'd divorce actually. It's been over 40 years now though and they still can't really let each other go. When they did that nice amicable break up when I was young it was nice, but when they stayed together "for the kids" it was really horrible. They both worked much better broken up if I'm honest. There's really no point parents staying together for the kids because it won't be nice for anybody involved, but it is nice if they can break up and remain civil and remain a parental partnership like a united front for the kids.

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