Almost half of us mistakenly believe that common law marriage exists

Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married. 

Religious vows, readings and music should be allowed in civil marriage, study shows

Couples marrying in civil ceremonies should be allowed to have religious vows, rituals, readings, and music as part of their ceremony for the first time, a major new study has concluded.

Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive

Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive, according to a new study backed by the prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton.

Professor Rebecca Probert appears on Who Do You Think You Are?

Professor Probert helped Olivia Colman to unravel the story of her great-great-great-great-grandfather Richard Campbell Bazett.

New law designed to encourage first major reforms to divorce in 50 years published

Draft legislation designed to encourage the Government to make the first major changes to divorce legislation

Book on Mapping Paths to Family Justice shortlisted for prestigious prize

Anne Barlow and colleagues' book Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Socio-Legal Studies Association Book Prize 2018. 

Anne Barlow presenting at the 'Empowering European Families' project final conference in Germany

The Working Group looks at ways to resolve the complex legal position of 'international couples' within the EU when relationships break down or one partner dies.

Divorce law in England and Wales increases conflict and suffering for separating couples and their children

Divorce law in England and Wales is incentivising people to exaggerate claims of ‘behaviour’ or adultery to get a quicker divorce, according to University of Exeter research.

Exeter law professor addresses first National Convention for Celebrants

Where and how can one get married in England and Wales, and why is the law here more restrictive than in other jurisdictions?

Devon cohabiting couples needed to help researchers uncover the secret of finding life-long love

Devon cohabiting couples can help experts uncover the secret of finding life-long love by taking part in a University of Exeter research project.

Outdated divorce law causes needlessly painful and destructive breakups, new research finds

Outdated divorce law is causing needlessly painful and destructive breakups and exacerbating conflict between couples, a major new study has found.

Renowned scholar in family law and feminist jurisprudence joins as Visiting Professor

The Law School are delighted that Professor Cynthia Bowman from Cornell Law School has joined us as a Visiting Professor until May 2017

Celebrity divorce lawyer backs research to help strengthen couple relationships

Prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Shackleton is funding new University of Exeter research which could help uncover the secret of finding life-long love.

Do you know what makes couple relationships last?

 We are now recruiting couples to take part in interviews to find out what drives their relationship to thrive and endure.

New Relationships Research starts!

We are pleased to announce the start of a new research project funded by Exeter alumna, Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO.