Which ageing ‘families’ count? Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and/or queer (LGBT*Q) - relational legal in/exclusions in (older age) family law

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There has been extensive recent discourse and debate about the socio-legal construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, 1 and/or queer (LGBT*Q) families in relation to parenting and partnership recognition (Harding 2011; Barker and Monk 2015a). Indeed, it has been argued that term ‘family’ itself tends to reinforce heteronormative notions of biological kinship (Barker 2006; Barker 2012), thereby excluding more diverse non-normative kinship constellations, including ‘families of choice’ ‘chosen family’ and/or ‘families of friends’ (Roseneil and Budgeon 2004). However there has been far less attention given to ageing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and/or queer (LGBT*Q) family forms. Many older LGBT*Q ‘families’ include a wide range of relationships, involving constellations of biological family, friends, lovers, ex-lovers, partners, ex-partners, and various connections with children via those relationships (Cook-Daniels 2006; Almack et al 2010; Croghan, Moone and Olson 2014; Traies 2015; Westwood 2016). Yet family law has so far paid little attention to these diverse relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing, Gender and Family Law
EditorsBeverley Clough, Jonathan Herring
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781351717502
ISBN (Print)9781138744943
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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