Cohabitation law reform: messages from research

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Cohabitation law reform: messages from research

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dc.contributor.author Barlow, Anne en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-16T15:57:15Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:52:58Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:56:10Z
dc.date.issued 2006-08 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Empirical research in this field has underlined the diversity of the cohabitation population, the existence of the common law marriage myth and the lack of consensus on the best way forward for reform of the law in England and Wales. Against the backdrop of the English Law Commission’s on-going project on cohabitation law, this article will explore the reasons found by recent research for people’s choice of cohabitation over marriage, the interrelationship between commitment and economic vulnerability and the tension in feminist debates as to whether an extension of rights for opposite-sex cohabitants that are analogous to married spouses (either by an opt-in model or opt-out model) might be an appropriate solution or a reinforcement of patriarchal marriage values. It will also consider, given recent research findings and other initiatives aimed at raising awareness about the legal differences between different styles of cohabitation relationship, law’s dual and conflicting role in shaping regulated family structures whilst both protecting vulnerable family members inside and outside such structures and at the same time also offering socially acceptable standards of dispute resolution in this most personal of spheres. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Feminist Legal Studies, Volume 14, Number 2 / August, 2006, p.167-180 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10691-006-9026-x en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/23612 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Springer en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.springerlink.com/content/0966-3622 en_GB
dc.subject Cohabitants en_GB
dc.subject Cohabitation en_GB
dc.subject Law reform en_GB
dc.subject Socio-legal research en_GB
dc.title Cohabitation law reform: messages from research en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-04-16T15:57:15Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:52:58Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:56:10Z
dc.identifier.issn 09663622 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 15728455 en_GB
dc.description 'The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.' en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Feminist Legal Studies en_GB


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