A Comparative Analysis of Socio-legal Live-in Relationships in Different Countries and Nepal’s Viewpoint

  • Diwakar Dhakal
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  • Diwakar Dhakal

    Student at Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal

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The main focus of this research is to comparatively analyze the social and legal position of Live-in relationships in different countries in contrast to Nepal. It delves into the historicity from the Garden of Eden to the Gandharva marriage and the increasing popularity of cohabitation from western societies to the eastern. Since the late 20th century, living together before marriage has become a standard facet in the process of relationship formation among young adults compared to traditional marriage. How different countries have addressed live-in relationships through legislation, providing examples from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland, Philippines, China and India. It underlines the laxity of specific laws governing live-in relationships in Nepal, although certain provisions offer limited legal protection in specific situations. An acknowledgement of both traditional values and the evolving needs of an expanding Nepalese society is required to formalize live-in relationships.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, Page 1554 - 1567

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.117179

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