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Bromley's Family Law

Bromley's Family Law (12th edn)

Nigel Lowe, Gillian Douglas, Emma Hitchings, and Rachel Taylor
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date: 28 September 2023

2. Forming Intimate Enduring Adult Relationshipslocked

2. Forming Intimate Enduring Adult Relationshipslocked

  • N V Lowe, N V LoweEmeritus Professor of Law at Cardiff University
  • G Douglas, G DouglasProfessor of Law at King’s College London
  • E HitchingsE HitchingsProfessor in Family Law at University of Bristol
  •  and R TaylorR TaylorAssociate Professor of Law at University of Oxford and Fellow in Law at Exeter College, Oxford


This chapter begins with a discussion of marriage as a legal concept, the legal recognition of same-sex relationships and creation of civil partnerships. It considers the rules governing entry into marriage and civil partnership and the presumption of marriage. It also discusses the concept of nullity of marriage or civil partnership, the concept of a ‘non-qualifying ceremony’ and the grounds for annulment. The chapter concludes with a discussion of cohabitation outside marriage and its recognition by the law.

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