The terms "spouse," "husband," and "wife" under the new regulations refer to a person who is legally married to another person. The word "husband and wife" refers to two people who are legally wedded to each other. Spouses do not have to be blood relatives to be married legally.
Under the old regulations, the term "spouse" referred to any husband or wife as defined by local law. A spouse could be a man or a woman, and blood relations were not required.
Spouses have many rights and responsibilities toward one another. These include the right to live together, hold property together, make decisions about medical care for each other, and more.
Spousal abuse is any act that causes bodily injury or harm to someone's mind or spirit. It includes physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Spouses can also verbally abuse each other by making hurtful comments or by creating a hostile environment.
Abuse does not have to be physical to be considered spousal abuse. Emotional and verbal abuse can cause just as much damage to a relationship as physical abuse. If you are in an abusive marriage, contact us immediately so that we can help you find a way out.
"A spouse is someone who is lawfully wedded to another person." This definition is from the American Heritage Dictionary. It means that, under the law, you are married if and only if you are married or will be married to the person with whom you want to be considered your spouse.
In other words, a spouse can also be called your partner, man or woman lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, domestic partner, or civil partner. A spouse cannot be both your partner and your employer, for example.
Spouses can be of any age but they usually have their first marriage at about 21 years old. After their first marriage ends, people often get divorced and then marry again. Spouses can also get divorced and then re-marry. This second marriage would be called a second divorce.
People can have more than one spouse at a time. In fact, almost half of all marriages in the United States are thought to be multiple spouse marriages. In a multiple spouse marriage, each spouse has an existing relationship with another person even though they may not know it yet.
The term "spouse" refers to "any individual in a marriage," and so provides the same impartiality that many people want when they use the term "partner." Of course, the term "spouse" isn't exactly easy to say. Most often, it is used in official documentation or before an authority figure (such as a judge). But even in less formal situations, it can be difficult to say the word "spouse" without some confusion occurring in your mind between what this person does for you and your emotional attachment to them.
People use the word "spouse" in different ways. Some use it to describe their current husband or wife, while others use it to refer to their past or future spouse. Even those who are currently single can use the word "spouse" to indicate that they will be married someday.
The word "spouse" has several definitions. A legal definition is someone who is married. An academic definition is someone who is in a relationship where both people accept responsibility for each other's well-being and act in accordance with that commitment. And an emotional definition is someone who you feel connected to and who feels the same way about you.
In Christianity, the word "spouse" usually describes your current husband or wife.
Although a spouse is a type of significant other, the latter word also encompasses non-marital partners who perform a social role comparable to that of a spouse but do not have the legal rights and obligations that a spouse has. Spouses are generally defined as being married or in a civil union.
However, some cultures have different concepts of marriage. In some polygynous cultures, such as some tribal societies, there is no distinction between spouses and other friends or relatives with whom someone shares blood. Someone who is not married can share an apartment with another person, provide them with financial support, and even give them major decisions about your life. However, they would not be considered siblings nor would their child inherit anything from the unmarried partner if they died.
In other cultures, including many traditional European countries, it is normal for husbands and wives to be completely separate people - neither knowing what happens to the others at any given time. Divorce is easy to obtain in these jurisdictions.
Finally, some cultures have different concepts of marriage while still recognizing it as something important. In these cases, spouses may be referred to as "life partners" or "relations."
In conclusion, yes and no. It depends on how you define each term.