Unmarried to Each Other: The Essential Guide to Living Together as an Unmarried Couple

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Unmarried to Each Other is a smart, practical guide for unmarried couples, based on the more than 100 stories and real-life experiences of unmarried partners around the country. This book was written by a couple who, themselves, are in a committed nine-year unmarried relationship. For people who are unmarried now or forever, the book is filled with information about the joys and the common challenges to love without wedding rings, including answers to questions like: Is living together right for us? How can we ...

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Overview

Unmarried to Each Other is a smart, practical guide for unmarried couples, based on the more than 100 stories and real-life experiences of unmarried partners around the country. This book was written by a couple who, themselves, are in a committed nine-year unmarried relationship. For people who are unmarried now or forever, the book is filled with information about the joys and the common challenges to love without wedding rings, including answers to questions like: Is living together right for us? How can we explain our relationship to our grandmothers? How can I get my workplace to provide health benefits to my domestic partner? Are there problems for couples who have kids without being married? How can we plan a wedding or ceremony without getting legally married? Filled with dozens of funny, real-life stories and savvy insights, Unmarried to Each Other is the definitive resource for couples bound by love, if not by marriage, for one of the fastest-growing household types in the U.S. today.

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Although these books examine the ins and outs of cohabitation from different viewpoints, they do agree on some basics: cohabitation is on the rise (there are 11 million cohabitors in this country today, claim Solot and Miller), and six out of ten couples live together before marriage (claim the Whitmans). Strangely enough, not many self-help manuals on the subject exist. Founders of the Alternatives to Marriage Project, Solot and Miller are a committed unmarried couple, and their book reflects this perspective. Although they acknowledge that many couples live together as a step before marriage, they are most concerned with couples who are planning to live together instead of getting married. They cover topics such as reasons why couples would decide not to get married, how unmarried couples can legally protect themselves, and how to agitate for acceptance of unmarried lifestyles. Stacy Whitman, a journalist currently living with her fianc , and her sister, lawyer Wynne Whitman, have a different focus. While they recognize that some couples might decide to live together ad infinitum, their advice pertains to couples for whom the wedding bells will eventually toll. They address many of the same areas as Solot and Miller, such as legal protection and how to deal with negative reactions from family and friends, but they also include advice on what to do if one member is not willing to tie the knot. Given the dearth of books on cohabitation, either of these would make great additions to public libraries. Also consider Ralph Warner and others' Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples, endorsed by the authors here.-Pam Matthews, M.L.S., Olmsted Falls, OH
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  • ISBN-13: 9781569245668
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2009

    Better Put a Ring on It

    If you're looking for a basic book on living together, keep looking. By turns pedantic, confessional, dry and breathless, this book spreads about a chapter's worth of information over several hundred pages. It is also overly personal, sharing so much anecdotal information about the authors that by the end, only one question remains:

    Why don't they just get married?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    It Covers Everything

    The founders of the Alternatives to Marriage Project have created a truly wonderful guide for those of us who live with our partners. They have also provided a guide for us to give to those we love so as to have a better dialogue about cohabitation. This book covers everything from the legalities of apartment rentals to the issues surrounding naming a child. It has lists of possible terms for your partner to use in introductions, lists of snappy comebacks to rude questions. It also contains suggestions for committment ceremonies. Filled with personal stories from all walks of life--including those who eventually choose marriage--this guide is written with humor, warmth, and affirmation. It does not provide a set "plan" for living together, just as it is not "anti-marriage." Rather, it is packed with options, juxtaposing entirely different positions that couples have taken and presenting each in an equal light. It is a joy to read, affirming while at the same time entirely grounded in reality.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    Packed with ideas and fun to read

    This book was a joy to read. The authors did a terrific job of combining all sorts of practical advice with lots of real life stories that kept me interested and even fascinated. As an unmarried person living with a partner, I found it filled with good ideas. The topics ranged from the decision to move in together, to coping with pressures from parents and others, to financial issues, to health insurance, to commitment ceremonies, and lots more. The ¿ten tools for staying together¿ were great advice on how to develop ¿ and maintain ¿ a good relationship, whether you¿re married or not. >> I especially enjoyed the many anecdotes and stories. Not only were they interesting in themselves, but they brought home important points about the struggles and victories of unmarried partners trying to make a happy life together. And I like the way the text is filled with boxes and sidebars that keep it interesting. They add all sorts of extra information ¿ from poems to statistics. >> If you¿re in an unmarried relationship, whether you¿re thinking about living together, you¿ve recently joined households, or you¿ve been living together for years, this book will give you ways to enhance your relationship. Get a copy for yourself, and, while you¿re at it, get one for your parents!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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