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'My Friends are my Family’: an argument about the limitations of contemporary law's recognition of relationships in later life.

Westwood, S (2013) 'My Friends are my Family’: an argument about the limitations of contemporary law's recognition of relationships in later life. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 35 (3). pp. 347-363.

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Abstract

Current law and social policy in the various UK legal systems privilege the conjugal couple, biological and filial relationships. Friendship remains on the margins of regulatory recognition. Yet friendship is of growing significance in contemporary social relationships. This is particularly so for older people, especially older lesbian, gay and bisexual people. This paper explores the place of friendship in key areas of law and social policy relating to older age: pensions, benefits and inheritance; medical decision making; mental health and mental capacity legislation; and social care policy. The extent to which contemporary law is keeping up with changing relationship forms will be considered, together with its implications for equality in later life.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Westwood, Ssue.westwood@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2013.801688
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:09
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:47
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/826604

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