Distance makes the heart grow fonder...until your partner is seeking to widen the proximity on purpose. Then, you may suddenly be insulted by every inch you're apart.

But what if the distance between you can actually bring you closer together?

Some couples are making the jump from cohabitation to living in separate bedrooms, houses or even zip codes, in a move dubbed "conscious resettling."

Myriad reasons can inspire the lifestyle change, but the caveat is that it's executed with the intention of staying together. The slang may sound new, but the action dates back to the medieval ages when queens and kings resided in opposite wings of their castles. It may seem unromantic, but it beats separation via guillotine.

A convenient arrangement

Ashleigh Robins, 35, fell into conscious resettling via opportunity and convenience. Her boyfriend relocated from Philadelphia to work as a music producer for a popular late-night talk show in New York City. After the couple made the long-distance relationship work for the first couple of years, she eventually moved into his apartment.

"I never planned on