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Enduring love: attitudes to family and inheritance law in England and Wales

Douglas, Gillian, Woodward, Hilary Diana, Humphrey, Alun, Mills, Lisa and Morrell, Gareth 2011. Enduring love: attitudes to family and inheritance law in England and Wales. Journal of Law and Society 38 (2) , pp. 245-271. 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2011.00542.x

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This paper reports on findings from a large-scale study of public attitudes to inheritance law, particularly the rules on intestacy. It argues that far from the assumption that the 'family' is in terminal decline, people in England and Wales still view their most important relationships, at least for the purposes of inheritance law, as centred on a nuclear family model. However, there is also widespread acceptance of re-partnering and cohabitation, producing generally high levels of support for including cohabitants in the intestacy rules and for ensuring that children from former relationships are protected. We argue that these views are underpinned by a continuing sense of responsibility to the members of one's nuclear family, arising from notions of sharing and commitment, dependency and support, and a sense of lineage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0263-323X
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 01:50

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