Tying the knot: The impact of formalization after long-term cohabitation

@inproceedings{Baker2013TyingTK,
  title={Tying the knot: The impact of formalization after long-term cohabitation},
  author={Maureen F. Baker and Vatchkova Elizabeth},
  year={2013}
}
Most couples in English-speaking countries now cohabit before marriage, and some marry after living together for years, buying a house and having children. Although marriage offers few additional legal rights, especially for different-sex couples, it seems to have retained its symbolic value. Based on interviews with participants in different-sex and same-sex relationships in New Zealand, we explore whether or not getting married was perceived to make a difference. The paper is organized by… CONTINUE READING