Unwrapping Live-in Relationships: The Indian Context and Legislative Imperatives

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Journal Title: Journal of Legal Studies & Research
Author(s): Pritha Fauzdar
Published On: 25/10/2023
Volume: 9
Issue: 5
First Page: 179
Last Page: 200
ISSN: 2455-2437
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

DOI: doi.org/10.55662/JLSR.2023.9508

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Pritha Fauzdar, Unwrapping Live-in Relationships: The Indian Context and Legislative Imperatives, Volume 9 Issue 5, Journal of Legal Studies & Research, 179-200, Published on 25/10/2023, doi.org/10.55662/JLSR.2023.9508 Available at https://jlsr.thelawbrigade.com/article/unwrapping-live-in-relationships-the-indian-context-and-legislative-imperatives/


The dynamics of relationships have evolved significantly in contemporary India, with an increasing number of couples choosing to enter into live-in relationships. This article delves into the multifaceted world of live-in relationships within the Indian context, shedding light on the legal uncertainties and ambiguities that currently prevail in the absence of specific legislation. The absence of clear legal frameworks governing live-in relationships has created a challenging landscape for partners, impacting issues related to property, financial support, and child custody. Drawing inspiration from the legal frameworks in developed nations, this article makes a compelling case for the urgent need to craft legislation that addresses the unique needs and rights of individuals in live-in relationships. It examines the international landscape and provides insights for a hypothetical legislative framework that could bridge the legal gap in India. While recognizing the potential challenges and concerns, the article underscores the importance of initiating a constructive dialogue on the topic, with a view to protecting the rights and interests of those engaged in live-in relationships. This article seeks to unravel the complexities of live-in relationships in India, while emphasizing the legislative imperatives that can bring clarity, legal protection, and resolution to this evolving aspect of Indian society.

Keywords: Live-in relationships, India, Legislation, Legal framework, Property rights, Child custody, Legislative imperatives, Relationship dynamics, Legal ambiguities, Developed nations

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