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Published: 04 September 2008

1246 Pages | 1 ht


ISBN: 9780195366815

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Common Law Marriage

A Legal Institution for Cohabitation

Goran Lind

  • Provides an in-depth history on the origins and historical legal aspects of common law marriage, from Free Roman Marriages to Canon Law concubine laws
  • Analyzes the legal challenges between the decreased marriage rates versus the increased rates of cohabitation, and puts it in a historical, comparative, and sociological perspective
  • Analyzes the conflicts between laws when one state attempts to determine or recognize a common law marriage from another state
  • Presents a solidified argument from both sides of the debate, between those "for" and "against" common law marriage with evidence concerning cultural reasons, morality issues, and the lack of protection against personal integrity
  • Provides a current perspective on the complexities surrounding common law marriage, by presenting 2,000 American cases to determine the legal requirements and facts surrounding what could be established as a common law marriage

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