Addressing the legal status of cohabitation in Britain and France : plus ça change...?
Barlow, Anne and Probert, Rebecca. (1999) Addressing the legal status of cohabitation in Britain and France : plus ça change...? Web Journal of Current Legal Issues (No.3). ISSN 1360-1326Full text not available from this repository.
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The incidence of cohabitation and births outside marriage in France is similar to that in England and Wales. Although they have traditionally adopted very different approaches to family law, their response to the phenomenon of cohabitation has traditionally been surprisingly similar. In both, the law has developed piecemeal, leaving cohabitants with inadequate legal remedies, and the article first compares the current law in the two jurisdictions. However, the French government has now demonstrated its willingness to confront the legal needs of cohabitants. Proposed French legislation both acknowledges a legal status of cohabitation - whether heterosexual or homosexual and in addition will permit all unmarried cohabitants to enter into a civil union contract known as a PACS. This will approximate their position more closely to that of married couples for all purposes, including social security benefits, inheritance, maintenance and property division on relationship breakdown. In contrast, the British Government's Consultation Document Supporting Families (1998) virtually ignores the needs of cohabitants focusing instead on strengthening marriage. The article goes on, therefore, to analyse and contrast the impact of this new divergence in approach between the two jurisdictions, and assesses its significance in the light of reforms being implemented elsewhere in Europe.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||K Law > KD England and Wales
K Law > KJ-KKZ European law
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Law|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Cohabitation agreements -- France, Cohabitation agreements -- Great Britain, Unmarried couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- France, Unmarried couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Web Journal of Current Legal Issues|
|Publisher:||Web Journal of Current Legal Issues Ltd|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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