I have noticed that there currently those two tags that exists, and I think that the nature of the questions within them is not so much different.

Since we're in the early I would like to catch them and eventually :

  • merge or synonim ?
  • redefine a scope where when asking about IPS question with Spouse belongs too [life-partner] while maybe generics question about "how to handle family pressure from mariage" could belong to [marriage].

The goal would be to not have two tags with two scope that will pretty much overlap enterely.

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They don't necessarily overlap; all spouses are (optimistically) life partners, but not all life partners are spouses. That might be by choice (because the partners don't believe in marriage, for example) or necessity (if they cannot legally marry for some reason).

I can imagine many questions that will be different depending on whether the relationship is formalized in a traditional way. For example:

  • "How can I get my family and friends to treat my life partner like my husband/wife, even though we can't legally marry where we live?"

  • "My life-partner and I are splitting; how can we do this amicably when there is no legal framework like divorce?"

  • "My spouse and I lived together for five years before we got married last year. Ever since the wedding, it seems like our relationship has completely changed. What's going on?"

And so forth.

If it turns out that the vast majority of questions don't have anything to do with the specific legal status of the relationship then it could make sense to lump all these together, but it seems rather early to make that call.

  • it seems rather early to make that call that's what I feared, but I still thought it was worth to discuss about it now and at least decide if we drop the matter or we keep in check how it is evolving before doing anything.
    – Walfrat
    Sep 11, 2017 at 15:04
  • I agree, it's certainly worth having on the radar.
    – 1006a
    Sep 11, 2017 at 15:04
  • Well, it seems to be like life-partner is being used like common-law partner, if you're from a jurisdiction such as Canada, in which case they are the same.
    – Zizouz212
    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:04

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