Legal definitions of dating
A Code of Practice and our advice for the public on the best and safe use of services was published in December 2013. It focused on the core issues for users: the clarity and honesty of the services offered, the protection of user's personal information, the proper operation of services and the advice and help we give users to make dating as enjoyable and safe as possible.
The arrangements were reviewed in 2018 in light of various developments: The ODA’s aim is to be as inclusive as possible, involving all in the sector as standards are developed and making these guides and examples of good practice available to all, with the same going for all the Date Safe material generated by the Association.
Different terms may have different meanings based on the specific area of law or the context in which they are being used.
For legal terms not referred to in this glossary, or for more comprehensive definitions, you may wish to refer to a legal dictionary or to an internet resource.
Membership of the ODA The ODA was founded by thirteen leading players from national and international providers, as well as specialist/niche operators and others brands, who wish to offer their customers a dating service through partnership and out-sourcing arrangements that can account for thousands of individual sites.
Once an adoption is finalized, the person becomes the legal child of the adoptive parent(s) and the parental rights of the biological parent(s) are terminated.Marriage contract – A contract between legally married spouses which sets out the details of property ownership, how property will be divided upon separation, and any support obligation between the spouses.Registered domestic partnership – Any two people who are living in a common law relationship can register their relationship with the province as a registered domestic partnership.Moving from a Code of relevance to a sub-set of providers to material that can be used by anyone and in any market or country feels the approach most likely to raise standards across the board and assure state regulators that this is a sector that takes its responsibilities seriously. Dating services cannot generate perhaps a third of all new relationships and not expect law and policy makers to have an interest in how this is delivered.Engaging with the European Commission and governments and regulators and interest groups seems certain to be a high priority for the ODA in future.