At a time of global and domestic economic crisis, the financial aspects of domestic and familial relationships are more important and more strained than ever before. The focus of this book is on the distribution of wealth and poverty in traditional and non-traditional familial relationships. The volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the way in which money matters are structured and governed within close personal relationships and the extent to which they have an impact on the nature and economic dynamics of relationships. As such, the key areas of investigation are the extent to which participation in the labour market, unpaid caregiving, inheritance, pensions and welfare reform have an impact on familial relationships. The authors also explore governmental and legal responses by investigating the privileging of certain types of domestic relationships, through fiscal and non-fiscal measures, and the differential provision on relationship breakdown. The impact of budget and welfare cuts is also examined for their effect on equality in domestic relationships.

chapter |6 pages


BySusan Millns, Simone Wong

chapter 1|14 pages

Credit and debt in close personal relationships

ByJackie Goode

chapter 2|18 pages

Intra-household inequality, poverty and well-being

BySara Cantillon, Marie Moran

chapter 3|19 pages

The ownership and distribution of money in Spanish dual-income couples

Gender differences and the effects of some public policies 1
BySandra Dema Moreno, Capitolina Diaz Martínez

chapter 4|16 pages

Money practices among older couples: patterns of continuity, change, conflict and resistance 1

ByDebora Price, Dinah Bisdee, Tom Daly

chapter 5|15 pages

Austerity, solidarity and equality

A European Union perspective on gender and wealth
BySusan Millns

chapter 6|12 pages

Contractual thinking in couple relationships

ByTone Sverdrup

chapter 7|17 pages

Marriage and the data on same-sex couples

ByRobert Leckey

chapter 10|19 pages

The role of child support in tackling child poverty

ByHeather Keating

chapter 11|15 pages

The Universal Credit

A ‘great rationaliser’ for the 21st century
ByAnn Mumford