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Common law union as a differentiating factor in the failure of marriage in Canada, 1984


Using the 1984 Canadian Family History Survey, the authors attempt to ascertain the effect of common-law unions on the subsequent failure of marriage, operationalized as those ending in divorce or separation. Techniques employed include crosstabulations and hazards-model analysis. It is concluded that marriages preceded by a common-law union have a greater chance of dissolution. The paper and the results of the analysis clarify some of the contradictions presented in previous research.

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Halli, S.S., Zimmer, Z. Common law union as a differentiating factor in the failure of marriage in Canada, 1984. Soc Indic Res 24, 329–345 (1991).

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  • History Survey
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