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Single widowed or divorced


Civil statusor marital statusare the distinct options that describe a person's relationship with a significant other. Marriedsingledivorcedand widowed are examples of civil status.

Civil status and marital status are terms used in "Single widowed or divorced"vital recordsand other documents to ask or indicate whether a person is married or single. In the simplest contexts, no further distinction is made. A status of married means that a person was wed in a manner legally recognized by their jurisdiction.

A person's specified civil status might also be married if they are in a civil union or common-law marriage.

The civil status of a person who is legally separated is married. Whether a cohabiting couple such as in a domestic partnership have a civil status of "married" depends on the circumstances and the jurisdiction.


In addition to those who have never married, single status applies to people whose relationship with a significant other is not legally recognized. Questions about civil status appear on questionnaires for quantitative researchsuch as census forms and market research instruments. In a person's medical historycivil status is considered to have both quantitative and qualitative significance.

Civil status, or marital status,...

A government records the civil status of its citizens by means of a civil registration system. Historically, inquiries into marital status have also appeared on applications for employmentloansand credit.

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