Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines common-law marriage as “the cohabitation of a couple even when it does not constitute a legal marriage”. Similarly, it defines concubinage as “cohabitation of persons not legally married”. Does this imply that common-law relationships are synonymous to concubinage?
In Canada, there are over 27 million individuals in a common-law relationship, the majority of the population. This trend is very common in many Western countries as well. Are these individuals participating in concubinage, a relationship that is socially unacceptable?