‘Unmarried Wives’ in War and Peace

12 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012

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Rebecca Probert

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: March 27, 2012


Between 1914 and 1927 certain benefits – first war pensions and then unemployment benefits – were provided for the benefit of cohabiting women. Exploring this apparent anomaly reveals the lack of any coherent policy towards cohabitants and the importance of terminology in securing reform – after all, the deserving ‘housekeeper’ caring for children remained entitled to benefits. The legacy of this can still be seen in today’s patchwork of legal rights.

Keywords: family law, child law, unemployment benefits, cohabiting, reform

Suggested Citation

Probert, Rebecca, ‘Unmarried Wives’ in War and Peace (March 27, 2012). Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 1-12, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2029708

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