Legally registered relationship status
The move away from legal marriage is continuing, and the distinctions between legally registered relationships and other partnerships are becoming more blurred.
While demand for information on legal marital status appears to be decreasing, removing the legal marital status question in the census would mean we could no longer produce marital rates, divorce rates, and nuptial and ex-nuptial birth rates.
We want to know if our customers still need us to produce these rates.
Our current recommendations relating to partnership in legally registered relationship status
- We welcome feedback on which categories are required for the data produced on relationship status, and whether we still need to collect and produce information that identifies people’s legal marital status.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (page 15) for a more detailed discussion on legally registered relationship status information.
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the legally registered relationship status variable.