Definition: Legal marital status

Demography

Marital status is defined as the (legal) conjugal status of each individual in relation to the marriage laws (or customs) of the country (that is de jure status) (Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing).

Marital status is the legally defined marital state (Marriage and divorce, General methodological information).
Source:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) (in cooperation with Eurostat), "Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing", New York and Geneva, 2006
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