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From Functional Family To Spinster Sisters: Australia's Distinctive Path To Relationship Recognition, Reg Graycar, Jenni Millbank Jan 2007

From Functional Family To Spinster Sisters: Australia's Distinctive Path To Relationship Recognition, Reg Graycar, Jenni Millbank

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

This Essay reflects on the approaches that Australia, and to a lesser extent New Zealand, have taken to relationship recognition, focusing in particular on the ways in which they have differed profoundly from what has happened in the United States. Specifically, the relationship recognition debate in Australia through the 1990s was characterized by the absence of any real interest in marriage and instead focused on developing more functional and adaptive models of relationship recognition, primarily through presumption-based models (for example, the ascription of relationship status). In this discussion we start, by way of background, with an explanation of the development ...