Interesting and unfortunate trend, and I think unnecessary in many cases if people would only get good estate planning advice — for example, on blended family planning.
A major theme seemed to be independence— older couples wanted their family and finances to remain separate from their partner. A stigma revolving around living together and not being wed at an older age also played a factor; many expressed that describing their partner as a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” would feel awkward.
Source: Study: More Older Adults Prefer ‘Living Apart Together’ – Study Finds
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