Journal Article

Nonmarital cohabitation in law and public opinion in Poland

A Kwak

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 10, issue 1, pages 17-26
Published in print April 1996 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online April 1996 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/10.1.17
Nonmarital cohabitation in law and public opinion in Poland

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The switch from marriage to cohabitation is a world-wide trend. No data were collected in Poland before 1989 because Polish family law does not recognize any form of relationship other than legal marriage. This has not changed with the transition to democracy. However, the results of a 1993 survey show a high level of support for non-marital unions, which seem likely to increase. There is some ambivalence about whether this ought to be translated into legal reforms. The trend towards cohabitation, its public acceptability and the willingness to legislate do not seem to have been affected by the change of regime but to reflect longer-term processes in developed countries.

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