More Than Marriage: Forming Families after Marriage Equality (Paperback)

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Introduces an expansive vision of the family and a brilliant legal arrangement that will protect the lives of millions of adults.
Today, about half of all adults are unmarried. Many of those are in significant relationships—some intimate, others based in friendship, finances, or family ties—but the law offers them few protections. Amid the growing recognition that modern families take all shapes, More Than Marriage presents a refreshing vision for the future.
With this book, noted family-law expert John G. Culhane takes us on a guided tour of how the march toward marriage equality spun off a number of other legal statuses, and explores how the law has expanded and where it falls short. This lively living history is grounded in relatable, in-depth interviews that give voice to the millions of Americans building family structures outside the protections of marriage—whether by choice, necessity, or exclusion. Culhane proposes an updated legal status that offers flexible and portable benefits for a diverse range of commitments and needs. As More Than Marriage shows, this "choose your own adventure" structure more accurately reflects, and more equitably protects, the many kinds of families we choose to build.

About the Author

John G. Culhane is Professor of Law and Codirector of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at Delaware Law School (Widener University). He is a frequent contributor to Slate and Politico and is the author of casebooks in the areas of both family law and torts, as well as Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies.

Praise For…

"An inspired introduction to legal understandings of marriage equality that issues an urgent argument for continued reforms."
— Foreword Reviews

"This book about marriage alternatives should appeal to a general audience. Ideal for those interested in domestic law policies."
— Library Journal

"Recommended [for] advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers."

"Culhane offers a refreshing take on how we might legally enshrine a variety of forms of relationships and intimacies. . . . More Than Marriage will be immersive reading for those interested in the legal recognition of relationships and for imagining new possibilities beyond marriage."
— Gender & Society

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520391666
ISBN-10: 0520391667
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 232
Language: English