This chapter looks at the rise of cohabitation, both as a prelude to marriage or as an outright substitute. This trend is one outcome of the sexual revolution, the new sexual freedom, referred to in the previous chapter. Here, courts and legislatures have had to grapple with a new social fact. Hence, this chapter considers how cohabitation has come to lose its criminal stigma; along with the growing ability of couples who live together to make claims against each other, or to demand some sort of family-like status. The trend, in short, has gone from legal and social disapproval to piecemeal civil protection. Legally speaking, cohabitation has become an accepted part of life, revealing new implications on marriage and on parentage.
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