Pamela Paul, in her New York Times article, The Un-Divorced, discusses the trend of couples separating, but not divorcing. The primary reasons that parties remain married, but separated are the practical and financial, not familial. The effect of endless separations on the children rarely seems a priority.
Perhaps the principle reason couples remain legally wed is to maintain or continue health care coverage. When a couple divorces, the ex-spouse is no longer eligible to be covered through the other’s medical coverage. The former spouse either may maintain the existing policy under COBRA or purchase a policy on his/her own.
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