Relationship status is a person’s reported status with respect to the marriage laws or customs of the country. It is collected for any person aged 15 years and over, who usually resides in New Zealand.
There are two types of relationship status:
- legally registered relationship status (previously known as legal marital status): a person's status with respect to registered marriage or registered civil union
- partnership status in current relationship (previously known as social marital status): a person's status with respect to their current relationship – either partnered or non-partnered.
See also ‘Civil union’ and ‘Partnered’ in this definitions group.