So I married Cosnatch, the drunk brawler from Markarth, and am quite happy with my choice. He is hilarious and good to have around in battle. However, as I continue with quests and faction storylines, I am noticing that occasionally the reward is that you can take on another follower from time to time. (Ex. Cicero in the Dark Brotherhood) I do not wish to off my husband, but when I ask him to "wait" in our home, then try to employ another follower, they all just say "You already have someone in your party."
Am I to believe that once you take your beloved on an adventure with you, you have to miss the perks of several quests? (There is also a Daedric Quest where you must lead a Follower to death, which would be null and void unless I wanted poor Cosnatch dead.) Or am I missing an obvious step? If I tell him we should "part ways", will he remain in our home? Will I be able to eventually travel with him again? This part of the game is not very clear.