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Cohabitation and Religious MarriageStatus, Similarities and Solutions$
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Rajnaara Akhtar, Patrick Nash, and Rebecca Probert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210835

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210835.001.0001

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(p.1) One Introduction
(p.i) Cohabitation and Religious Marriage

Rajnaara C. Akhtar

Patrick Nash

Rebecca Probert

Policy Press

This introductory chapter focusses on the status of cohabitants and those in religious only marriages, the similarities in how they are treated by the law and the potential solutions that could be adopted. It shows that law reform is needed in the light of new and evolving relationship norms and the poor outcomes on relationship breakdown for all cohabiting couples, including those in religious-only marriages. It considers legal solutions which fall broadly within two categories: (1) amend wedding laws to facilitate simpler procedures for legal recognition thereby encouraging more couples to legally marry; and (2) extend family law rights available to all legally recognised couples to include those in cohabiting relationships.

Keywords:   Cohabitation, Muslim Marriage, Religious-only marriage, Family law reform

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