Personal relationships, whether they are defined as a marriage, domestic partnership or a common law relationship, are complex and often times require specific documentation to help characterize what the parties involved intend. A marriage can be defined as a union between two persons where the relationship consensual and recognized by law, whether municipal or religious.
A domestic partnership is defined similarly to a marriage, and in fact can resemble a marriage in many ways, as can a common law relationship. But, they are different and there may be legal implications depending on how the relationship is categorized by the state or other institutions. Therefore, it can be advisable for individuals who are involved in personal relationships to be informed about their rights under the different classifications.
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