chapter  7
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LAW, MORALS, MARRIAGE AND COHABITATION – VIRTUOUS INDIVIDUALS AND VENAL LAWS – HARDY’S ETERNAL MESSAGE FOR ATTITUDES TO MARRIAGE AND COHABITATION

As debates concerning regulation of intimate partnerships and family life continue anon, Hardy’s Jude the Obscure – published in 1896 – continues to be a relevant touchstone of pertinent issues. A central topic in current political and legal policy projections is that of marriage versus cohabitation – whether, and to what degree, unmarried partnerships should be supported, as well as regulated by law.