31. Are Governments and Marriage Strange Bedfellows?

  1. Patricia Noller3 and
  2. Gery C. Karantzas4
  1. W. Kim Halford1 and
  2. Elizabeth van Acker2

Published Online: 23 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch31

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

How to Cite

Halford, W. K. and van Acker, E. (2012) Are Governments and Marriage Strange Bedfellows?, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (eds P. Noller and G. C. Karantzas), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4072, Australia

  2. 4

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4972, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Politics and Public Policy, Business 2 (N72), Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, Queensland, 4111, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334500

Online ISBN: 9781444354119

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Keywords:

  • Are Governments and Marriage Strange Bedfellows?;
  • couple relationship education (CRE);
  • stable marriage, as a broad social good, somewhat problematic;
  • divorce and family breakdown, personal, social, economic;
  • CRE, key means of promoting a “healthy marriage”;
  • changing laws about divorce, shaping concepts of couple relationships;
  • cohabiting heterosexual couples, increasing minority of all households;
  • cohabitation lacks the social and religious underpinnings of marriage;
  • 1975 Family Law Act replacing the Matrimonial Causes Act;
  • U.S., the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social Policy and Marriage

  • The Changing Nature of Couple Relationships as Context for Social Policy

  • Social Policy and Couple Interventions

  • Effective Couple Relationship Education

  • Implications and Conclusions

  • References