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Family LawText, Cases, and Materials

Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (4th edn)

Joanna Miles, Rob George, and Sonia Harris-Short
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date: 12 June 2024

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  • Joanna Miles, Joanna MilesReader in Family Law & Policy and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • Rob GeorgeRob GeorgeAssociate Professor of Family Law, University College London
  •  and Sonia Harris-ShortSonia Harris-ShortFormer Professor of Law, University of Birmingham


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter first considers demographic data on family relationships in England and Wales, and then examines the treatment of ‘trans’ people in this area of family law; and the history of legal recognition of intimate relationships between parties of the same gender, culminating in same-sex marriage and ensuing debates about the future of civil partnership. This is then followed by discussions of status-based relationships (marriage and civil partnership); creating a valid marriage or civil partnership; grounds on which a marriage or civil partnership is void; grounds on which a marriage or civil partnership is voidable; and non-formalized relationships (cohabitants and other ‘family’).

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