Seminar with Associate Professor Anne-Rigt Poortman from the the Dept. of Sociology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands who gave this seminar while she was a visiting academic at ISSR.
The study she presented distinguishes between: (1) marriage in community of property, (2) marriage with prenuptial agreements, (3) cohabitation with a contract/registered partnership, and (4) non-legal cohabitation in the Netherlands.
"These legal arrangements have important implications for gender inequality and children’s life chances, and are indicative of individualization and institutionalization of relationships," she said.
She used Dutch survey-data from 1995 and 2002-4,cohabitation contracts and prenuptial agreements are found to have become more common in this period.
Associate Professor Poortman specializes in family sociology and social demography. She is particularly interested in divorce and separation, new relationship types and legal aspects of partner relationships.