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The European Court of Human Rights has been making a wide interpretation of the concept of family life, one which comprises not only traditional family relationships, but also de facto relationships. The concepts of private life and family life weaken in the light of Art 8 European Convention on Human Rights, acknowledging these other family forms. This study is centered on one of those forms - registered partnership or de facto relationship (heterosexual and homosexual). This will not prevent us from making a short reference to the recognition of same-sex unions as marriage.
By Cristina M Araújo Dias, Professor of Law, Law School, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
The full version of this article appears in the March 2014 issue of International Family Law.
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