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The Resource Love's promises : how formal & informal contracts shape all kinds of families, Martha M. Ertman

Love's promises : how formal & informal contracts shape all kinds of families, Martha M. Ertman

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Love's promises : how formal & informal contracts shape all kinds of families
Title
Love's promises
Title remainder
how formal & informal contracts shape all kinds of families
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Martha M. Ertman
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Blends memoir and legal cases to show how contracts can create family relationships In Love's Promises, law professor Martha Ertman delves into the legal cases, anecdotes, and history of family law to show that love comes in different packages--each shaped by different contracts--which family law should and sometimes does recognize. Beginning with Ertman's own story about becoming part of a family of two moms and a dad raising a child, she then shows that many people--straight and gay, married and single, related by adoption or by genetics--use contracts to shape relationships. These contracts and deals can be big, like vows of fidelity, or small, like "I cook and you clean." But regardless of scope, these deals can create, sustain, and modify family relationships. Insightful, accessible, and revelatory, Love's Promises lets readers in on the power of contracts and deals to support love in its various forms and to honor the different ways that individuals contribute to our daily lives. "--
  • "Love & Contracts braids memoir with legal stories to show how contracts can complement loving relationships. Starting with a unique personal story about how I became one of two moms and a dad raising a child, it then shows that lots of people -- straight and gay, married and single, related by adoption or genetics - also use contracts and deals to create, sustain, modify, and, when necessary, end family relationships. Love comes in different packages, which I call Plan A and Plan B. Plan A - marriage, heterosexuality, and conceiving kids at home - is the most common way to be a family. But many people turn to Plan B --cohabitation, being gay, and having kids through reproductive technologies or adoption -- when law, luck or biology block Plan A. Plan B is just uncommon, not unnatural or unworthy of legal protection. But we should also notice the more informal, often implicit, arrangements I call deals. They can be big -- like vows of fidelity - or small, like I-cook-and-you-wash-up. Recognizing the role of contracts and deals in all kinds of families shows that law and society should and often does see Plan B as a morally neutral variation of plan A. Far from cold and calculating self-interest, these exchanges can demonstrate the kind of "us-ness" that makes a family"--
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1963-
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Ertman, Martha M.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Queer action/Queer ideas
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  • Domestic relations
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Unmarried couples
  • Adoption
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Contracts
  • Adoption
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Contracts
  • Domestic relations
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Unmarried couples
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Love's promises : how formal & informal contracts shape all kinds of families, Martha M. Ertman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxv, 253 pages
Isbn
9780807033661
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014038565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)889996795
Label
Love's promises : how formal & informal contracts shape all kinds of families, Martha M. Ertman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxv, 253 pages
Isbn
9780807033661
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014038565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)889996795

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