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Common Law MarriageA Legal Institution for Cohabitation$
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Göran Lind

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366815.001.0001

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Informal Marriages in Roman Law

Informal Marriages in Roman Law

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(p.31) CHAPTER 2 Informal Marriages in Roman Law
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Common Law Marriage
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Göran Lind

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366815.003.0002

This chapter discusses the degree to which common law marriage can find its origins in Roman family law, whether the Roman concepts can contribute to explaining the legal structure of common law marriage, and whether there is anything to learn from the Roman experiences in the enactment of cohabitation legislation. Of particular interest with respect to the formless relationships in Roman family law is the usus marriage, the free Roman marriage, and concubinage.

Keywords:   Romans, marriage, cohabitation legislation, usus marriage, free Roman marriage, concubinage, divorce

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