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Barlow's Cohabitants and the Law 4th ed

ISBN13: 9781526503046
Previous Edition ISBN: 0406941513
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £75.00

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As the number of couples choosing to live together (and not to marry) is on the rise, it is essential that access to what their legal rights and obligations are is readily available.

The fourth edition of Barlow's Cohabitants and the Law provides a wealth of both new and updated information on important issues affecting cohabiting couples such as cohabitation agreements, disputes in relation to children, the family home and tax and social security. Part I focuses on the ongoing relationship and Part II with relationship breakdown.

There have been significant legislative, procedural and case law developments since the publication of the third edition in all of the key areas of family, child, land and trust law that impact on cohabiting couples in much the same way as married couples, eg:

  • New child maintenance regulations (CMS)
  • Family Procedure Rules 2010
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008
  • Adoption and Children Act 2002
  • Stack v Dowden [2007] UKHL 17, [2007] 2 ALL ER 929
  • Jones v Kernott [2011] UKSC 53, [2012] 1 AC 776; and
  • Bhurra v Bhurra [2014] EWHC 727, [2014] All ER (D) 213 (Mar)
Mention is also be made of EU jurisdiction distinctions/differences.

The practical stance of the work is enhanced by a precedents and checklist section, and the provision of a number of 'at a glance' comparative tables setting out the rights of cohabitants, married couples and civil partners in relation to property and housing, financial provision following breakdown of the relationship, child maintenance, death, pensions and more.

Property Law, Family Law
Part I: Living together
Chapter 1: The cohabitation relationship
Chapter 2: The status of children
Chapter 3: Housing
Chapter 4: Tax and social security
Chapter 5: Inheritance and succession
Chapter 6: Cohabitants and matrimonial proceedings

Part II: Relationship breakdown
Chapter 7: Domestic violence and the family home
Chapter 8: The status of children on relationship breakdown
Chapter 9: Financial provision for children
Chapter 10: The family home on relationship breakdown: rented property
Chapter 11: The home on relationship breakdown: owner occupied property and other arrangements
Chapter 12: Dispute resolution options