Common-law marriage : myths and misunderstandings
Probert, Rebecca. (2008) Common-law marriage : myths and misunderstandings. Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol.20 (No.1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1358-8184Full text not available from this repository.
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This article investigates the source of the myth that prior to 1753 cohabiting couples would have been protected by a ‘common-law marriage’. It shows that neither the term nor the concept existed at the time and traces modern misunderstandings to the early nineteenth century. It goes on to suggest that the widespread but mistaken belief among modern cohabitants in the existence of ‘common-law marriage’ must also be of recent origin.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KD England and Wales
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Common law marriage -- England, Common law marriage -- Wales, Domestic relations -- England, Domestic relations -- Wales, Unmarried couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- England, Unmarried couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Wales|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Child and Family Law Quarterly|
|Publisher:||Jordan Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-22|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Probert, R. (2006). Common-law marriage : myths and misunderstandings. SLS Conference, Keele, 6 September 2006.|
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