Legal Definition of Cohabitation

Meaning of Cohabitation

Living together when unmarried.

Synonyms of Cohabitation

(Living together), noun

  • abiding together
  • act of dwelling together
  • alliance
  • living together in sexual intimacy
  • lodging together
  • lodging together as husband and wife
  • occupying the same domicile
  • residing together
  • rooming together Associated Concepts: cohabiting in a state of adultery
  • fornication
  • illicit cohabitation
  • lewd and lascivious cohabitationforeign phrases: Nuptias non concubitus sed consensus facit
  • Not cohabitation but consent makes the valid marriage

(Married state), noun

  • act of living together as husband and wife
  • act of pairing
  • bond of matrimony
  • conjugal bliss
  • conjugality
  • connubiality
  • coverture
  • domestication
  • legal relation of spouses to each other
  • legal union of a man and a woman
  • marriage
  • married status
  • matrimony
  • nuptial bond
  • nuptial tie
  • state of matrimony
  • union
  • vinculo matrimonii
  • wedded state
  • wedded status
  • wedlock Associated Concepts: bigamous cohabitation
  • cohabiting in a state of adultery
  • matrimonial cohabitation
  • polygamous cohabitationforeign phrases: Nuptias non concubitus sed consensus facit
  • Not cohabitation but consent makes the marriage

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Online translation of the English legal term cohabitation into Spanish: cohabitación (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Dating; Family Roles; Infidelity; Marriage, Definition of; Mate Selection; Nonmarital Childbearing; Resource Management; Sexuality; Singles/Never Married Persons; Socioeconomic Status; Work and Family

    Parent and Child.

    Family; Marriage

  • Further Reading

    axinn, w. g., and thornton, a. (1992). “the relationship between cohabitation and divorce: selectivity or causal influence?” demography 29:357-374.

    axinn, w. g., and thornton, a. (1993). “mothers, children, and cohabitation: the intergenerational effects of attitudes and behaviour.” american sociological review 58:233-246.

    balakrishnan, t. r.; rao, k. v.; lapierre-adamcyk, e.; andkròtki, k. j. (1987). “a hazard model analysis of the covariates of marriage dissolution in canada.” demography 24:395-406.

    becker, g. (1981). a treatise on the family. cambridge:harvard university press.

    bennett, n. g.; blanc, a. k.; and bloom, d. e. (1988).”commitment and the modern union: assessing the link between premarital cohabitation and subsequent marital stability.” american sociological review 53:127-138.

    bumpass, l. l., and lu, h-h. (2000). “trends in cohabitation and implications for children’s family contexts in the united states.” population studies 54:29-41.

    bumpass, l. l., and sweet, j. a. (1989). “national estimates of cohabitation.” demography 26:615-625.

    bumpass, l. l.; sweet, j. a.; and cherlin, a. j. (1991). “therole of cohabitation in declining rates of marriage.” journal of marriage and the family 53:913-927.

    cherlin, a. j. (1992). marriage, divorce, remarriage. revised and enlarged edition. cambridge, ma: harvard university press.

    davis, k. (1985). “the future of marriage.” in contemporary marriage: comparative perspectives on a changing institution, ed. k. davis. new york: russell sage foundation.

    fitch, c. a., and ruggles, s. (2000). “historical trends inmarriage formation: the united states 1850-1990.” in the ties that bind: perspectives on marriage and cohabitation, ed. l. j. waite. new york: aldine de gruyter.

    hoem, b., and hoem, j. e. (1988). “the swedish family:aspects of contemporary developments.” journal of family issues 9:397-424.

    holland, w. h. (1998). “introduction.” in cohabitation:the law in canada, ed. w. h. holland and b. e. stalbecker-pountney. toronto: carswell.

    More Further Reading

    kiernan, k. e. (2000). “european perspectives on unionformation.” in the ties that bind: perspectives on marriage and cohabitation, ed. l. j. waite. new york: aldine de gruyter.

    kiernan, k. e., and estaugh, v. (1993). cohabitation:extra-marital childbearing and social policy. london: family policy studies centre.

    leridon, h. (1990). “cohabitation, marriage, and separation: an analysis of life histories of french cohorts from 1968 to 1985.” population studies 44:127-144.

    manning, w. d., and smock, p. j. (1995). “why marry?race and the transition to marriage among cohabitors.” demography 32:509-520.

    nordic statistical secretariat, ed. (1996). yearbook ofnordic statistics 1996. copenhagen: nordic council of ministers.

    oppenheimer, v. (1994). “women’s rising employment and the future of the family in industrial societies.” population and development review 20:293-342.

    raley, r. k. (2000). “recent trends and differentials inmarriage and cohabitation: the united states.” in the ties that bind: perspectives on marriage and cohabitation, ed. l. j. waite. new york: aldine de gruyter.

    rindfuss, r. r., and vandenheuvel, a. (1990). “cohabitation: a precursor to marriage or an alternative to being single?” population and development review 16:703-726.

    seff, m. (1995). “cohabitation and the law.” in families and law, ed. l. j. mcintyre and m. b. sussman. new york: the hawthorn press.

    seltzer, j. a. (2000). “families formed outside of marriage.” journal of marriage and the family 62:1247-1268.

    smock, p. j. (2000). “cohabitation in the united states: anappraisal of research themes, findings, and implications.” annual review of sociology 26:1-20.

    Cohabitation in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of cohabitation.


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    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police Officer
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    English Legal System: Cohabitation

    In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Cohabitation :

    Living together as husband and wife. Married persons generally have a right to expect their spouses to live with them. Unmarried people living together as husband and wife (cohabitants) do not usually have the status of a married couple (See also common-law marriage). But under the cohabitation rule the resources and requirements of an unmarried couple living together are aggregated for the purposes of claiming social security benefits under the Social Security Acts even in the absence of a sexual relationship (See income support).

    Cohabitation, Sexual Behaviour and the Law


    See Also

    Adultery; Marriage

    Further Reading


    See Also

    • Marriage
    • Common Law Marriage
    • Marriage License
    • Voidable Marriage
    • Family

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