Citing the law

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Citing the law
Why do I need to cite?
Activity: When to cite?
Inserting footnotes
Example
Case law
Activity: Which report do I cite?
EU cases
ECHR cases
Example
Legislation
Welsh legislation
Scottish legislation
Northern Ireland legislation
EU legislation
Books
Edited books and encyclopedias
Journal articles
Electronic journal articles
Government publications
Hansard
Newspaper articles
Websites and blogs
Correspondence
Activity: Putting it all together
Bibliographies
FAQs and notes

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Barlow and James23 describe the treatment of opposite-sex cohabitants by the law as 'schizophrenic' , sometimes treating them as if they were married and sometimes treating it as an inferior form of relationship. They note, for example, that under the Administration of Estates Act 1925, s 46 only a spouse will automatically inherit all or some of their spouse's estate where their husband or wife dies without making a will. Although the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, has in recent years been amended24 to give cohabitants of at least two years the right to make a claim in a similar situation, this is limited to financial provision for maintenance only.25 Barlow and James therefore suggest that 'the law applicable in the event of the death of a cohabitant is confused and contradictory'.26


23 A Barlow and G James, 'Regulating Marriage and Cohabitation in 21st Century Britain' (2004) 67 MLR 143, 147.
24 S 1(1)(a) and (ba) as substituted by the Civil Partnership Act 2004, s 71 and Sch 4 Pt 2 para 15(1) and (2).
25 Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, s 2.
26 Barlow and James (n 23) 151.

 
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