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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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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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