Legal Planning for Unmarried Committed Partners: Empirical Lessons for a Preventive and Therapeutic Approach

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Jennifer K. Robbennolt

University of Illinois College of Law

Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson

Washington State University

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

Increasing rates of cohabitation among unmarried couples have brought a number of contentious issues to the forefront of American political and corporate decision making. An approach to the issues facing unmarried committed partners founded in therapeutic jurisprudence and preventive law suggests that attorneys can help individuals in nonmarital committed relationships to privately order their affairs in a manner that is both legally effective and therapeutic. The present analysis examines the application of therapeutic jurisprudence and preventive law principles to the issues involved in the long-term property and health care planning of unmarried couples.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Robbennolt, Jennifer K. and Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, Legal Planning for Unmarried Committed Partners: Empirical Lessons for a Preventive and Therapeutic Approach (1999). Arizona Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 417, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2310209

Jennifer K. Robbennolt (Contact Author)

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Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson

Washington State University ( email )

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College of Business
Pullman, WA 99164
United States

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