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Rebecca Probert
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Professor Rebecca Probert teaches family law at the University of Exeter. She has written on all aspects of modern family law (Cretney and Probert's Family Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 9th ed, 2015); IEL Family and Succession Law: England and Wales 37 (Kluwer, 5th edition, 2015), both with Maebh Harding, and (with Jonathan Herring and Stephen Gilmore) Great Debates in Family Law, (Palgrave, 2012)) and has edited a number of collections of essays (Fifty years in Family Law: Essays for Stephen Cretney (Intersentia, 2012), co-edited with Chris Barton; Landmark Cases in Family Law (Hart, 2011), co-edited with Stephen Gilmore and Jonathan Herring; Sharing Lives, Dividing Assets (Hart, 2009), co-edited with Joanna Miles; Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility (Hart, 2009), co-edited with Jonathan Herring and Stephen Gilmore; Family Life and the Law: Under One Roof (Ashgate, 2007)). Her main research interests lie in the field of the history of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and bigamy, with key works including Marriage Law and Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment (CUP, 2009), The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010 (CUP, 2012) and Marriage Law for Genealogists (Takeaway, 2012).

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Rebecca Probert
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Professor Rebecca Probert teaches family law at the University of Exeter. She has written on all aspects of modern family law (Cretney and Probert's Family Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 9th ed, 2015); IEL Family and Succession Law: England and Wales 37 (Kluwer, 5th edition, 2015), both with Maebh Harding, and (with Jonathan Herring and Stephen Gilmore) Great Debates in Family Law, (Palgrave, 2012)) and has edited a number of collections of essays (Fifty years in Family Law: Essays for Stephen Cretney (Intersentia, 2012), co-edited with Chris Barton; Landmark Cases in Family Law (Hart, 2011), co-edited with Stephen Gilmore and Jonathan Herring; Sharing Lives, Dividing Assets (Hart, 2009), co-edited with Joanna Miles; Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility (Hart, 2009), co-edited with Jonathan Herring and Stephen Gilmore; Family Life and the Law: Under One Roof (Ashgate, 2007)). Her main research interests lie in the field of the history of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and bigamy, with key works including Marriage Law and Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment (CUP, 2009), The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010 (CUP, 2012) and Marriage Law for Genealogists (Takeaway, 2012).

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Rebecca Probert pays tribute to Stephen CretneyStephen Cretney was an inspirational teacher and mentor, a meticulous and erudite scholar, and a true and kind friend. Born in Oxfordshire in 1936, he...
In recent months there have been proposals to criminalise those conducting marriages that do not comply with the formalities laid down by law. However, it is important to understand what offences...
The registration of marriages has never been necessary to the validity of a marriage, whether under the system of parochial registration first introduced in 1536, the Clandestine Marriages Act 1753,...
Keywords: Marriage - non-marriage - void marriages - religious ceremonies - formalities - intention This article tackles the difficult question of what the consequences of failing to...
In Sutton v Mishcon de Reya and Gawor & Co it was held that a contract between cohabitants, as opposed to a contract for cohabitation, would be valid. The case did not involve a typical cohabitation...
This article considers the legal rules allocating parentage between the genetic, gestational and social parents in the light of evidence about the views of those involved in the process. It suggests...
'A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and as such it rivets mankind'. So proclaimed Walter Bagehot upon the marriage of the future Edward VII in 1863; so quoted the...
Between 1914 and 1927 certain benefits - first war pensions and then unemployment benefits - were provided for the benefit of cohabiting women. Exploring this apparent anomaly reveals the lack of any...
Lord Penzance's description of marriage in Hyde v Hyde and Woodmansee has often been cited as the legal definition of marriage, and has been relied on to deny marital status to a number of unions,...
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