Live-in relationship is a type of arrangement between couples where they decide to support each other emotionally and physically by living under one roof but without marriage. Live-in relationship is regarded as a mockery in the institution of marriage. People who are scared of marriage tend to opt for this option of live-in relationship.
ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP
India is yet to adopt live-in relationship to the fullest. The concept of live-in relationship is still not accepted by most of the people specially by the elderly ones. The society puts up questions upon the character of the lady and thus ladies suffer the most. There are many questions which are still left unanswered which goes on like- what will happen to the other partner if one leaves making the other one homeless? What will be the status of the child born out of live-in relationship?
LAW AND LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP
Supreme Court has made the validity of the couples living in live-in relationships a little better and has also explained that live-in is not an offence. Living together may be right to live as per Article 21 which states Right to life and personal liberty.
The word spouse under CRPC has been revised to include a lady living with a man like his wife in a live-in relationship would also be entitled to alimony.
In the case of Tulsi & Ors v. Durghatiya & Ors, the Supreme Court held that a man and a woman involved in a live-in relationship for a longer priod of time will be considered as married and their child would be legitimate.
In the case of Khusboo v. Kanniamal and anr, the Supreme Court held that there is no law disallowing premarital sex or live-in.