There are a great many couples that met when they were just small children. They grew up in the same neighborhood, and often attended school together. These people were friends or enemies, depending on their age. After a while, they became friends again and began dating. For those that married as teenagers, their relationship never ended. They went on to find a home, have children and settled down into their married life.

There are many advantages to being married to a childhood sweetheart. There is no need to go through the awkwardness of getting to know a stranger. Growing up in the same neighborhood and school system gives two people the advantage of compatibility. This is great for both people unless one decides they have missed out in life. Sometimes one, or both, of the people in this type of relationship will feel they did not have the freedom to pursue their dreams.


Remaining Married for the Children

Refusing to end a marriage is often the mark of two people who do not know what they want out of life, or they may be afraid to pursue their dreams.


Marriage without Physical Intimacy

There is nothing more painful than watching a spouse physically deteriorate due to an illness.


An Open Relationship

There is no place for jealousy in an open relationship. Each person must equally accept that their partner will have the same options for separate sexual adventures.