More and more couples are living with their exes to save money.
"We've had tremendous arguments over things like who gets to park in the garage, but at this point, it's kind of settling down into a routine," Partridge, 45, told Yahoo. "It's the lesser of two evils. I think the financial stress of a foreclosure, which would probably also lead to a bankruptcy, would be worse."
Jamie Kingston's parents got married in 1970 ... and separated in January 2005. But they are still living together largely due to financial reasons. "They basically can't afford to move out," she tells momlogic. "They sleep in separate bedrooms, but it's impossible for them to move on emotionally while they're under the same roof. The whole situation is extremely stressful for them ... and for me. But it's taught me some very important lessons. I am work hard to make a large salary and am extremely careful with my money, so I will never end up in the same position that they're in."
Momlogic and family therapist Shannon Fox says Jamie's parents' scenario is more common than you think. "People used to stay together for the kids, but now more and more they're staying together for the bank account."
If you have small children, this can be a particularly complicated situation. "It's very unsettling for the kids," Fox says. "They need to get used to the idea that Mommy and Daddy are not married anymore, but with them living under the same room. It's very confusing for them."
It can also be confusing for you ... and can hold you back in a major way. "Most people cannot move on or sever ties if they are under the same roof," Fox says. "Dating is practically impossible -- because he becomes part of your dating equation. He knows exactly when you are coming and going."
"Sometimes holding on to a house is just a way to hold on to the relationship, even on a subconscious level," she says. "It keeps you stuck. There is no way to really move on as long as you are living together."
But sometimes, especially in this economy, people have no choice. If you must cohabitate after separation or divorce, here are Shannon Fox's top three tips for keeping the peace:
• Consider your options. "Part of what makes a situation like this so bad is that you feel stuck, like you have nowhere to go," Fox says. "But if you think about where else you could go -- to your parents, for instance -- but then decide not to go that route, then living together for the moment is more of a choice. That will give you a better feeling about it."
• Exhaust all possibilities. "If you can't afford the house without your husband paying his share, have you considered having a friend move in, or getting a roommate on Craigslist?" Fox asks. "Leave no stone unturned."
• If you can't be husband and wife, try to be good roommates. "Make a commitment to living in harmony," says Fox. "That means communicating, respecting each other's boundaries, and dividing tasks around the house."
Fox says that as the economy worsens, this trend will only continue to grow.
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