Law and the Family in Ireland, 1800-1950



By Niamh Howlin, Kevin Costello

Format: Paperback / softback 274 pages, XIV, 274 p.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

Edition: 1st ed. 2017

ISBN: 9781137606358

Published: 21 Jun 2017


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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