By definition, in the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act, an AIR is not a marriage. So, if you are married, you cannot be in an AIR. If you are not married, then you may be in an AIR. An AIR arises in one of three ways: 
 
  • The two unmarried people have lived together for a continuous period of at least three years in which they share each other’s lives, are emotionally committed to each other, and function as an economic and domestic unit; or
  • The two unmarried people have lived in a relationship of some permanence and have a child of the relationship by birth or adoption and in which they share each other’s lives, are emotionally committed to each other, and function as an economic and domestic unit; or
  • The two unmarried people have entered into an adult interdependent partner agreement with each other.

Adult interdependent partners do not need to be in a sexual relationship. Therefore, family members who meet one of the above definitions can be in an AIR. Also, same sex partners can be in an AIR. 

 

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