Nordic Cohabitation Law

This book describes and analyses the different legal approaches and policy discussion regarding cohabitation in the Nordic countries.
John Asland, Margareta Brattström, Goran Lind, Ingrid Lund-Andersen, Anna Singer, Tone Sverdrup
European Family Law
book | published | 1st edition
September 2015 | xii + 276 pp.



ISBN 9781780683249

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This book describes and analyses the different legal approaches and policy discussion regarding cohabitation in the Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland). It looks at historical developments, general private law principles, division of property on separation or death of one cohabitant, inheritance, and the regulations concerning children born to cohabitants. It concludes by proposing principles for the regulation of the financial circumstances of cohabitants.

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Chapter 1. The Development of Cohabitation and Cohabitation Law in the Nordic Countries (p. 1)

Goran Lind

Chapter 2. Property Issues in Cohabitation Relationships (p. 57)

Margareta Brattström

Chapter 3. Financial Settlements on Termination of Cohabitation (p. 109)

Ingrid Lund-Andersen

Chapter 4. The Legal Position of the Surviving Cohabitant (p. 161)

John Asland

Chapter 5. The Relevance of Cohabitation for Parental Rights (p. 211)

Anna Singer

Chapter 6. The Distinctive Legal Nature of Cohabitation Relationships and the Need for Legislation (p. 241)

Tone Sverdrup

Chapter 7. Discussion of Legal Policy: Principles for Regulating Cohabitation Relationships (p. 267)

Ingrid Lund-Andersen

References (p. 283)

About the Authors (p. 289)

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European Family Law

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