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Cohabitation & Domestic Partnerships -- Research Starters Sociology

By: McMahon, Maureen;

2009 / EBSCO


Cohabitation is a common choice for people in the 21st century, even while many are morally or religiously opposed to the idea. The trend is not limited to the United States nor is it limited to younger individuals; yet in the U.S. it is legally limited to heterosexual couples except in California and Massachusetts. Domestic partnerships and civil unions are more commonly accepted in the U.S. and offer recognition of committed partners, in some cases allocating spousal rights to partners. However, many of those rights, as well as those offered to cohabitating heterosexuals, are weak in comparison to those offered to married couples.