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Mixed Jurisdictions ComparedPrivate Law in Louisiana and Scotland$
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Vernon Palmer and Elspeth Reid

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638864

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638864.001.0001

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The Legal Regulation of Adult Domestic Relationships

The Legal Regulation of Adult Domestic Relationships

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Mixed Jurisdictions Compared

Kenneth Mck Norrie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the legal regulation of adult domestic relationships to illustrate how, in Scotland and Louisiana, social changes led to the parallel development of domestic legal rules in these jurisdictions for much of the twentieth century. It shows that towards the end of that century, and throughout that part of the twenty-first already experienced, the legal response to contemporary social shifts in how family life is led has diverged widely in these two jurisdictions. Yet the social phenomena of family breakdown and reconstitution, and of non-marital relationships, are increasingly common in both Scotland and Louisiana, and further legal change is inevitable as a response to the pressures created by these phenomena. The long-term maintenance of the present state of divergence is certainly not an historical inevitability — it is not even, particularly likely.

Keywords:   Scotland, Louisiana, social change, family life, family breakdown, non-marital relationships

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