Originally Posted by drtalon
...when you're living with partner(s) and have responsibilities around money and basic survival, it's necessarily more involved than a partner you don't share those things with. I'd really like to see labels built around those differences instead...
"Hi, new friend! This is my partner, Jack, and my partner, Jill, who is also my _______________ because we own a house together." (or raise kids together, etc.)
So, why can't they all simply be called partners or SOs? So, they all differ in what responsibilities you share with them, and the needs they meet for you. Why is it necessary to inform everyone you meet which one does what with you, unless someone specifically asks?