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(p. 35) Demographic Approaches to Same-Sex Relationship Dissolution and Divorce: Research Findings, Data Challenges, and Implications for Future Research 

(p. 35) Demographic Approaches to Same-Sex Relationship Dissolution and Divorce: Research Findings, Data Challenges, and Implications for Future Research
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(p. 35) Demographic Approaches to Same-Sex Relationship Dissolution and Divorce: Research Findings, Data Challenges, and Implications for Future Research
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Wendy D. Manning

, and Kara Joyner

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190635176.003.0003
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date: 23 March 2019

The recent US Supreme Court decision to legalize marriages of same-sex couples has resulted in a surge of new marriages, and some end in divorce. There is a limited research base to draw on to understand the potential patterns and correlates of divorce among same-sex couples. There are only a few recent studies on the instability or dissolution of same-sex relationships in the United States in part because there are only a handful of data sources with large enough samples of same-sex couples that can be used to analyze the instability of same-sex relationships and compare their stability to different-sex relationships. The chapter reviews recent findings on the dissolution of same-sex relationships in Europe and the United States with a focus on the legal status of the relationship, noting areas for future research. It discusses potential opportunities and challenges in new studies of divorce and dissolution among same-sex couples.

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