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Conjugal Interdependence in Quebec: From Legal Rules to Social Representations About Spousal Support and Property Division on Conjugal Breakdown

Belleau, Hélène; Cornut St-Pierre, Pascale (2014). Conjugal Interdependence in Quebec: From Legal Rules to Social Representations About Spousal Support and Property Division on Conjugal Breakdown Canadian Journal of Law and Society / La Revue Canadienne Droit et Société , vol. 29 , nº 1. p. 43-58. DOI: 10.1017/cls.2013.34.

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In the present article, we examine the extent to which legal norms related to family matters are in line with the diverse social representations of current conjugal life, more particularly as concerns the economic interdependence of the couple during or subsequent to their union. Two Quebec legal measures compel attention: the division of the family patrimony and the obligation of support payable to the former partner. The present analysis is based on an empirical study involving couples living together in Quebec. Whereas current legal discourse concerning unmarried cohabitation appears focused on spousal support, our survey has brought out two elements that could challenge the current legal approach. When it comes to social representations, we find that the awarding of support to the partner is highly controversial. The majority of our respondents also believe that the family patrimony should be shared equally, whether or not the couple is married, and more especially when there are children, the property of the household being deemed to be the fruit of a joint and family-oriented effort.

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Mots-clés libres: couple; spousal support; legal norms; social representations; conjugal breakdown; property division
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 09 juin 2017 19:15
Dernière modification: 26 juill. 2017 14:40
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/5283

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