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Cover Bromley's Family Law

3. The Personal and Property Consequences of Marriage, Civil Partnership and Cohabitation  

N V Lowe, G Douglas, E Hitchings, and R Taylor

This chapter considers how marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation affects the parties’ legal relationship with each other and the wider world. It examines the common law historical approach to marriage before discussing the use of a marital surname, the sexual relationship and the duty to provide financial support. It then discusses the approach taken to intimate relationships by contract law and tort, by public law, including criminal law, and by property law. The end of the chapter considers proposals for reform.