Cohabitation and the Law

Deech, B. R. (Baroness Ruth)

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The number of couples living together has risen to a record level. Why do they avoid marriage and civil partnership? How can former cohabitants resolve their legal issues when the relationship ends? Should there be a special law to give matrimonial-type financial rights and duties to former cohabitants? Or is there a right to live together as a couple, and leave the union, without legal intervention? This is a part of the lecture series, Family Relationships and the Law since the 1960's.

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Gresham College

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