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For And Against Marriage: A Revision, Anita Bernstein Nov 2003

For And Against Marriage: A Revision, Anita Bernstein

Michigan Law Review

When anthropologist Henry Sumner Maine issued his famous proclamation that modern legal development evolved "from Status to Contract," he used juridical categories to make a statement about progress. Voluntary relations now build the law, Maine declared. The alternative to voluntary relations - identity-based legal labels to decree what people may and may not do - must relocate to the dustbin of history. Only a backwater society would keep them. American legal change in the century-plus since Maine's death in 1888 gives credence to the claim that status inexorably yields to contract. At one level, newer developments refute the Maine thesis. "Stalkers ...


Reconsidering The Mythical Advantages Of Cohabitation: Why Marriage Is More Efficient Than Cohabitation, Eric P. Voigt Oct 2003

Reconsidering The Mythical Advantages Of Cohabitation: Why Marriage Is More Efficient Than Cohabitation, Eric P. Voigt

Indiana Law Journal

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