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    Living apart together: uncoupling intimacy and co-residence

    Duncan, S. and Phillips, M. and Roseneil, Sasha and Carter, J. and Stoilova, Mariya (2013) Living apart together: uncoupling intimacy and co-residence. Other. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    Over a fifth of those normally classified as “single” are actually in a relationship but not living with their partner – which is 9% of adults in Britain. This sizeable minority has only recently been recognized by social researchers, even though people have long been having relationships without moving in together. In the context of increasing attention to the diversity of ways in which people live and love outside the conventional family, understanding “living apart together” (LAT) relationships is vital for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers who are concerned with couples, families, and individual well-being today. This briefing paper presents the findings of the most comprehensive study of living apart together in Britain to date.

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