If you've ever been through a break-up, you probably know how difficult it is to get over a former boyfriend or girlfriend. The process can take anywhere from weeks, to months, or, in extreme cases, years. Recovering from a break-up is made difficult by the fact that you need to redefine yourself as a single person. Having been in a relationship, you may need to become comfortable again on the singles circuit or regain your ability to bond with another person. These are difficult problems to overcome, but you can do it.
Maybe marriage isn't for you and your partner. Unlike friends and relatives, perhaps the two of you don't feel the need to have an official wedding. Instead, all that the two of you may deem necessary is a sense of mutual love. Such a situation, referred to as cohabitation, has become increasingly common in recent years, particularly in California.