Breaking up, but living together: how lockdowns lead to ‘nesting’

In the uncertainty of lockdowns, some couples have elected to cohabitate while severing ties

After 12 years with her husband, Lisa* left her marital bed. She did not have far to go. Locked down in Melbourne, she moved into her daughter’s bedroom. “It’s not huge, our house, but big enough so that if one person was in one bedroom and one in the other, there was enough distance between us,” she says.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Lisa and her husband had been attending marriage counselling with a view to seperate, but when the world shut down, they found it “very difficult to do that online”.

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