So I had a realization today.
I've never liked having to check the "divorced" box either. And on some forms, I check "single." It's really no one's business, really.
I know when I bought my house, the contract read, "FloridaGirl, a single woman..." I got a kick out of that.
I have a high school friend on Facebook whose status two days after her divorce was something like "How long do I have to be divorced before I can just be single?"
I believe it's just to clarify that you are the sole owner of the house, the sole person responsible for the mortgage, and that no one else can claim the house as theirs. I kind of liked that.
I assume that for single men buying houses that they do the same thing.
That's what they did when I bought my house, too, but I never thought before about if they do it for men.
As a lawyer i can tell you that they do it for men as well.
Yup, it was done for mine as well a few years ago, "..., a single man, ....". I just thought it was old wording as much of the process is technologically backward.
I can see if you're filling out a form for some specific purpose, like maybe the census where there is some reason to differentiate between people who have never been married and people who are divorced, but otherwise I think married or single should just be the 2 choices.
YES to both your comments, "et uxor" is too funny! How uxorious! (look that one up, pals! funny word!) And I will not respond to "never married" men on dating sites.