I was looking at the Wikipedia article about Julian Assange, and was confused about this particular information:
- Spouse(s): Teresa Doe
(married 1989; divorced 1999)
- Partner(s): Sarah Harrison
(espoused 2009; separated 2012)
What exactly is an "espoused partner"? I understand "to espouse" as "to become a spouse", but if that were true Sarah Harrison would have been listed as a spouse.
What is the difference between the nature of a spouse relationship and a partner relationship? Does "partner" essentially mean "girlfriend" here, or does it have a more official significance? Is it typical to use the word "espoused" to refer to the beginning of a relationship as a "partner"?