Judicial approach to live-in relationship: Protection and other related issues
Ramanpreet Kaur Sandhawalia, Nuvita Kalra
There can be nothing more human than the desire to find an individual to share their life. Indian culture recognizes and validates this desire in the form of institute of marriage. With globalization and modernization, a new concept of live-in relation has emerged which includes cohabitation without being married. However, India still doesn't have a clear stand on the matter, and it's the Judiciary that has to intervene to fill the void in the absence of a legal system. There are a great deal of issues that are associated with this institution, specifically in the area of property, finances, etc. Recent occurrences are shifting towards the protection of individuals under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. The article attempts to highlight the societal perceptions and judicial responses towards live-in relations in India. At the same time, it looks into the international prospect of live-in relationships and the responses of different countries on the matter. Lastly, it brings into highlight some of the recent happenings and issues in India on the matter.