Non-marital cohabitation

Here you can find answers to legal questions on non-marital cohabitation.

If a staff member lives in an illegitimate relationship, the Catholic Church considers this a serious breach of loyalty for which an employee can be dismissed. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 in a German case that the termination of an estranged employee of the Catholic Church, who was expecting a child with his girlfriend, was unlawful. 

The Protestant church in turn accepted non-marital relationships.

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