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Carol Jordan, who studies violence against women at the University of Kentucky, says officials don’t know how many people will be entering courtrooms because of the new law. Steve Beshear signed a bill to allow victims of abusive dating relationships to receive an emergency protective order from the courts.Currently, Kentucky offers these orders only to couples who are married, have lived together or have a child together.

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You think you might be settling, but also, what if this is all there is? I sat across the table from a friend years ago as she contemplated the question of settling with a sparkly diamond lodged between middle and pinky finger.

As soon as the waiter left us alone, she asked me, “What do you think it means to settle? ” It was the first time anyone had asked me point blank.

The word made me feel like I was some dreamy young girl with her head in the stars.

It made me contemplate questions like, “Am I being too hard on men? ”See, entertaining the word “picky” is the gateway drug to settling.

I usually go with the flow, but with people planting seeds in my head all the time, I can't help but worry for the future.

I'm afraid to lead her on but I am also afraid to prematurely end things, she's moving way faster than me and I generally don't know what to do. A recent study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science revealed that those considering a breakup typically had firm reasons for leaving and for staying.This leads to an I-don’t-know-maybe-I-should-but-then-again-maybe-I-shouldn’t sort of ambivalence where something tells you that you should probably end it, but then again, it’s pretty…okay.To end it with that guy who makes me feel just a little bit empty, I have to believe that what I’m looking for is out there, even though I’ve yet to encounter it — or, at the very least, seen it stabilize into a lasting relationship.But our generation just wasn’t designed to settle on connection. More women are more financially independent and self-supporting than ever before, surging past our male counterparts.We explore different types in search of someone who feels like The One, at the right time, who wants the sort of partnership we want, supports our dreams and wants to merge lives. But we alternate between phases where we’re committed to the vision, and phases where we question our single status or if our ideals are unreasonable.