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Informal marriages form a significant number of unions within Australian society and are increasingly tolerated by community and the legal system. However, the law's reaction to them is still sporadic, inconsistent and even contradictory. This paper discusses the body of case and statute law covering aspects of unmarried cohabitation in Australia and looks at how these laws affect, for example, property disputes and the status of parents in an informal marriage.
Harrison, M. (1982). Informal marriages (Working Paper No. 1). Melbourne: Institute of Family Studies.