Friday, March 2, 2007

Cohabitation- We Thought We Had it Bad?

Seems North Dakota criminalized cohabitation until today. Thanks to the Family Law Prof Blog for the heads up on this one. That blog linked to this New York Times article (the New Times requires a registration that is free but it also does not keep its article online and free for very long), and for a bit more of a background to what was going on in North Dakota:

Representatives voted 48-41 to get rid of the law that lists a man and woman living together without being married as a sex crime, along with rape, incest and adultery.

Attempts get rid of the law failed in the past two legislative sessions.

The legislation creates a new offense, making it illegal for a man and woman to pass themselves off as being married for the purpose of committing fraud. It keeps the penalty of a 30-day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

Wow, living together was a sex crime.

The article has some interesting statistics about the number of people living together:
Census figures from 2000 show 23,000 people in North Dakota living in de facto relationships, Potter said. Census figures from that same year show 5.2 million people nationwide lived in an ''unmarried partner household.''

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