Civil statusor marital statusare the distinct options that describe a person's relationship with a significant other. Marriedsingledivorcedand widowed are examples of civil status. Civil status and marital status are terms used in formsvital Marital status married separated and datingand other documents to ask or indicate whether a person is married or single.
In the simplest contexts, no further distinction is made. A status of married means that a person was wed in a manner legally recognized by their jurisdiction.
A person's specified civil status might also be married if they are in a civil union or common-law marriage. The civil status of a person who is legally separated is married. Whether a cohabiting couple such as in a domestic partnership have a civil status of "married" depends on the circumstances and the jurisdiction. In addition to those who have never married, single status applies to people whose relationship with a significant other is not legally recognized.