Regarding this "two body problem", it it more difficult to obtain an accommodation for your partner if you're not *technically* married?
Date: 18 Dec 2009 04:09
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I don't think marriage is necessary, but they will try to assess how stable and committed the relationship is. If it's someone you have been with and living with for years and are more or less married or a same sex partner, then that should be no problem. If it's a boyfriend/girlfriend of a shorter time, they may not take it seriously. Why spend a lot of time and money finding a job for this person if they are going to break up (I've seen it happen!)?
I don't know for certain - but I don't think so, since faculty are generally liberal in this regard. A lot of pretty senior people I know aren't actually married to their partners - it seems like an academic thing. Plus they wouldn't want to discriminate against same-sex partners. I think basically if its someone who needs to move with you they will be accommodating (assuming the university usually accommodates these circumstances - some actually do not. My current university does not have a policy on this which makes retention difficult.)