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Law and the Family in Ireland, 1800–1950

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Pages: 274
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Palgrave Modern Legal History

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This multi-disciplinary study considers the intersection between law and family life in Ireland from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Setting the law in its wider social historical context it traces...

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This multi-disciplinary study considers the intersection between law and family life in Ireland from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Setting the law in its wider social historical context it traces marriage from its formation through to its breakdown. It considers the impact of the law on such issues as adultery, divorce, broken engagements, marriage settlements, pregnancy, adoption, property, domestic violence, concealment of birth and inter-family homicide, as well as the historical origins of the Constitutional protection of the family. An underlying theme is the way in which the law of the family in Ireland differed from the law of the family in England.

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Systematic examination of legal institutions and norms in regulating family life and personal relationships in a historical context with regard to Ireland

Investigates the complex relationship between legal rules, accepted social practice and economic necessity, making it an original contribution to knowledge

Contributors from the fields of history, law and social science, making it truly interdisciplinary?

Covers all major themes in the legal history of family law in Ireland

1. Introduction; Niamh Howlin and Kevin Costello
2. Marriage Breakdown in Ireland, c. 1660-1857; Mary O'Dowd
3. The comeback of the medieval marriage per verba de praesenti in 19th century bigamy cases; Maebh Harding
4. The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage in Nineteenth Century Ireland; Michael Sinnott
5. Married Women's Property in Ireland 1800-1900; Kevin Costello
6. Adultery in the Courts: Damages for Criminal Conversation in Ireland; Niamh Howlin.- 7. ‘Divorce Irish style’: Marriage dissolution in Ireland, 1850-1950; Diane Urquart
8. Class, Criminality and Marriage Breakdown in Post-Independence Ireland; Deirdre McGowan
9. 'Behind closed doors': Society, Law and familial violence in Ireland, 1922-1990; Lindsey Earner-Byrne
10. Murder in the Irish Family, 1930-1950; Karen Brennan
11. Interrogating the Charge Concealment of Birth in Nineteenth Century Irish courts; Elaine Farrell
12. The Fate of the ‘Illegitimate’ Child: An Analysis of Irish Social Policy in the Period: 1750-1952; Simone McCoughren and Fred Powell
13. Embedding the Family in the Irish Constitution; Thomas Mohr.

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Niamh Howlin is a Lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kevin Costello is a Senior Lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland

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Niamh Howlin is a Lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kevin Costello is a Senior Lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland

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