Legal separation can mean different things in different states, so it should come as no surprise that the laws regarding dating after legal separation are also somewhat inconsistent.
To further complicate matters, the Uniform Code of Military Justice has its own laws regarding adultery among members of the United States military.
Some states, such as New Jersey, call this a divorce from bed and board.
However, spouses are still legally married when they separate by this method. Adultery requires that sexual contact exists between a married individual and someone other than his spouse.
The report suggests that changing demographic reflects a movement in the United States away from the suburbs and back to cities, noting denser cities with "urban neighborhoods" have more to do and provide more opportunity to meet other singles.
Economist Edward Yardeni, who worked on the report told, The Washington Post the shift toward a more "solo nation" has "implications for out economy, society and politics," noting single people are less likely to own homes and have children.
Nearby metros Houston and Dallas are among the top-10 cities with the least amount of single people, though the percentages still hover around the halfway mark. population in 2013 over 15, or more than 128 million, was single, divorced or never married. According to the Census Bureau's 2013 America's Families and Living Arrangements survey, 53 percent of single people age 18 and older were women, and 47 percent were men.
However, despite their short marriage, the couple’s divorce wasn’t finalized until last summer.
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College towns had the highest percentage of singles among metros of any size, but Baton Rouge did not break the top-10. Sixty-two percent of those singles had never been married, 24 percent were divorced and 14 percent were widowed.