Relationships - please can someone help me to understand?
My other half and I are interested in adoption. We've been together for nearly three years, engaged for over a year, and living together for 6 months. However, pretty much every agency we've looked at requires us to have been living together for 24 months minimum (with one exception, which is 12 months), "to prove that our relationship is stable". My single friend is also looking into adopting. She's looked at some of the same agencies, and hasn't come up against any similar restrictions. So, a single person could in theory adopt even if they were bringing a different bloke/girl home every other week, as long as they didn't let on to the agency.
I've been married before, years ago, and lived with my ex for over six years. In that time, we rowed constantly and he cheated numerous times. My fiancé and I have literally never shared a cross word. So I don't understand how living together for an arbitrary period of time proves anything, or why there is a requirement for couples to prove that their relationship status is stable, but not for single people.
Please can someone help me to understand why this is?