• The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010

    The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010 (Online resource) By (author) Rebecca Probert

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    DescriptionThis book has three key aims: first, to show how the legal treatment of cohabiting couples has changed over the past four centuries, from punishment as fornicators in the seventeenth century to eventual acceptance as family in the late twentieth; second, to chart how the language used to refer to cohabitation has changed over time and how different terms influenced policy debates and public perceptions; and, third, to estimate the extent of cohabitation in earlier centuries. To achieve this it draws on hundreds of reported and unreported cases as well as legislation, policy papers and debates in Parliament; thousands of newspaper reports and magazine articles; and innovative cohort studies that provide new and more reliable evidence as to the incidence (or rather the rarity) of cohabitation in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. It concludes with a consideration of the relationship between legal regulation and social trends.


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    Title
    The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation
    Subtitle
    From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rebecca Probert
    Physical properties
    Format: Online resource
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781139107853
    ISBN 10: 1139107852
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S5.0
    BIC subject category V2: LAZ, LNMC
    BISAC V2.8: LAW038030
    DC23: 346.016
    Illustrations note
    5 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Imprint name
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Publication date
    05 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Rebecca Probert is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. She has taught family law for over a decade and published widely on both contemporary family law and its history.
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. Fornicators: the punishment of illicit sex; 3. No name: law, morality and precedent; 4. Unmarried wives in war and peace; 5. Living in sin: concerns and changes; 6. 'Stable illicit unions': cohabitation and the reform of divorce law; 7. Common-law wives: the 1970s and the creation of a myth; 8. Live-in lovers: trying to get back to basics; 9. Partners: New Labour and neutrality; 10. Conclusion.