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Patterns of Relationship Recognition for Same-sex Couples: Divorce and Terminations

  • Author(s): Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • Mallory, Christy
  • et al.
Abstract

Now that same-sex couples have the ability to marry or enter some other form of legal relationship in many states, we also see that couples sometimes dissolved those legal relationships. Administrative data from two states shows that same-sex couples end their marriages at a rate of 1.1% annually, on average, and an average of 1.6% of couples dissolve their legal relationships if a broader set of states is included. This rate is slightly lower than the annual rate of divorce among married different-sex couples.

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