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Why Couples Are Staying Un-Divorced (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/19/10 07:30 PM ET Updated: 11/17/11 09:02 AM ET

Jane Anthony and her husband have been separated for over 10 years, but aren't legally divorced. They're part of a growing trend of married couples who are in "divorce limbo" -- separated, but not yet divorced.

So why aren't these un-divorced couples taking the steps to make it legal? The economy plays a big role.

According to Judge Michele Lowrance, author of "The Good Karma Divorce," many couples don't want to pay the lawyer fees, don't want to sell the house given today's market, and are worried they won't be able to replenish the nest egg they've built over the years.

And while some pairs are able to remain friendly, others find themselves trapped in a miserable marriage. An "emotional divorce" can happen years before a couple even talks about separation.

"In our hearts we're divorced," Anthony said. "According to the courts, we're not."


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