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    marital status of unmarried couples

    How do native speakers fill in the marital status if they are cohabiting couples with children?

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    Last edited by queeniech; 09-Dec-2013 at 10:11.

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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

    There isn't usually any need to mention children but these days many forms give the choices:

    Married
    Single
    Cohabiting
    Civil Partnership

    Cohabiting means sharing with a partner but not married. Civil partnership is for homosexual couples who have gone through the civil partnership ceremony (the closest thing, at the moment, to a marriage for gay couples).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Dec-2013 at 10:31. Reason: typo
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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There isn't usually any need to mention children but these days many forms give the choices:

    Married
    Single
    Co-habiting
    Civil Partnership

    Co-habiting means sharing with a partner but not married. Civil partnership is for homosexual couples who have gone through the civil partnership ceremony (the closest thing, at the moment, to a marriage for gay couples).
    Thanks emsr2d2

    Is it correct to omit the hyphen in "Co-habiting" i.e "Cohabiting"?

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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

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    Thanks emsr2d2

    Is it correct to omit the hyphen in "Co-habiting" i.e "Cohabiting"?
    Yes. In fact, the hyphen shouldn't be there! I have edited my post to remove it. Thanks.
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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

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    Yes. In fact, the hyphen shouldn't be there! I have edited my post to remove it. Thanks.
    Thanks emsr2d2

    Out of curiosity, if cohabiting couples with children filled "married" in the marital status of job application forms. Do western people consider that as providing false information in their view point?

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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Thanks emsr2d2

    Out of curiosity, if cohabiting couples with children filled "married" in the marital status of job application forms. Do western people consider that as providing false information in their view point?
    Well, I'm not sure what the legal standpoint would be but I don't know why anyone would write "married" when they're not. If a company is actually bothered about the marital status of its employees then I suppose they might be quite upset to find that an applicant effectively lied on their application form.

    You have said again "cohabiting couples with children" in this post. I don't know what the situation is like in your country but usually the question about whether or not you have children is a separate question on application forms and in fact, on most forms, doesn't appear at all. Employers here aren't allowed to discriminate against people with children or, indeed, against cohabiting people rather than married people.
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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

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    Well, I'm not sure what the legal standpoint would be but I don't know why anyone would write "married" when they're not. If a company is actually bothered about the marital status of its employees then I suppose they might be quite upset to find that an applicant effectively lied on their application form.

    You have said again "cohabiting couples with children" in this post. I don't know what the situation is like in your country but usually the question about whether or not you have children is a separate question on application forms and in fact, on most forms, doesn't appear at all. Employers here aren't allowed to discriminate against people with children or, indeed, against cohabiting people rather than married people.
    In our region, people usually filled "married" or "single" due to discrimination problems. Even though discrimination is not allowed, some people think that single people with children might have family problems which would affect their job performance.

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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    How do native speakers fill in the marital status if they are cohabiting couples with children?

    Thanks.
    This area has become very complicated. The answer will change from country to country and jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

    In the US, 15 states (soon to be 16) recognize and license same-sex marriage. Some states recognize common law marriage. Also in the US. it is legal to ask about marriage and children, but these factors cannot be used to deny employment. So many companies no longer ask.

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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

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    Civil partnership is for homosexual couples who have gone through the civil partnership ceremony (the closest thing, at the moment, to a marriage for gay couples).
    Gay couples needn't travel far to get married.

    As of 19 August 2013, fifteen countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,[nb 1]France,Iceland, Netherlands,[nb 2]New Zealand,[nb 3]Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay) and several sub-national jurisdictions (parts of Mexico and the United States) allow same-sex couples to marry. A law has been passed by the United Kingdom, effective in England and Wales, which is expected to be fully in force in 2014.
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    Re: marital status of unmarried couples

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There isn't usually any need to mention children but these days many forms give the choices:

    Married
    Single
    Cohabiting
    Civil Partnership

    Cohabiting means sharing with a partner but not married. Civil partnership is for homosexual couples who have gone through the civil partnership ceremony (the closest thing, at the moment, to a marriage for gay couples).
    "Cohabiting" seems strange to me. "Cohabitating" is what I would say.

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