It’s 2018, and when it comes to relationships, many people are coming around to the “whatever floats your boat” mindset. But an increasingly popular trend has many people scratching their heads: A good chunk of older adults who are partnered are now “living apart together.”
This trend, also called LAT, has picked up a lot of steam in the last year. In an analysis of 7,700 Wisconsin adults over the age of 50 that was presented at the Population Association of America last month, 8 percent of them were “partnered but unmarried”—and of that group, 39 percent of them were in LAT relationships.
So what is a LAT relationship? It’s exactly what it sounds like: couples who are deeply committed to each other but live in separate homes. Here’s a look at why this works—and potential problems that might arise.