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For the Bollywood film, see Life Partner (film).

A life partner is a romantic or otherwise very close friend for life. The partners can be of the same or opposite sexes, married or unmarried, and monogamous or polyamorous.

In the United States, life partners who cohabit (live together) with no intention of marrying (or not having the ability to marry) often lack the legal rights of married couples. Nevertheless, they can enter into legal agreements, such as cohabitation agreements, deeds, and wills, with regard to their relationship and the property rights of each partner.[1] In the United Kingdom, the law includes extensive provisions for life partners who are not husband and wife, regardless of their gender, e.g., a heterosexual couple living together as husband and wife.[2]

Same-sex life partners who are not homosexuals are a common theme in serious and popular literature. Fictional examples of extremely close same-sex friends or partners who spend considerable time together on and off the job include Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Batman and Robin, Abbott and Costello, Bert and Ernie, Harpo and Chico Marx, Jay and Silent Bob, as well as numerous pairs from manga and anime.[3]

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