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Rebecca Probert

Rebecca Probert

Rebecca’s latest project is The Nuffield Foundation funded ‘When is a wedding not a marriage? Exploring non-legally binding ceremonies’. In 2015 she was seconded to the Law Commission to work on its scoping paper Getting Married and since August 2019 she has been acting as specialist advisor to the Commission on its Weddings Project. Her research themes within the network mainly focus on relationships.



Miles J, Monk D and Probert R (Eds.) (2022 forthcoming). Fifty Years of the Divorce Reform Act (Oxford: Hart).

Probert R (2022). Escaping detection: illegal second marriages and the crime of bigamy. Journal of Genealogy and Family History, 6, 27-33.


Probert R (2021). Tying the Knot: The Formation of Marriage 1836–2020. Cambridge University Press. 

Probert R (2021). Getting Married: The Origins of the Current Law and its Problems. Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 255-266.

Probert R (2021). Interpreting choices: what can we infer from where our ancestors married?. Journal of Genealogy and Family History, 5, 75-84.

Probert R and Pywell S (2021). Love in the time of COVID-19: a case-study of the complex laws governing weddings. Legal Studies, 41, 676-692.


Akhtar R, Nash P and Probert R (2020). Cohabitation and Religious Marriage Status, Similarities and Solutions., Bristol University Press. 

Probert R (2020). 'State and Law'. In Puschmann P (Ed.) A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Empires (1800-1920): 59-74.


Miles J and Probert R (2019). Civil partnership: ties that (also) bind. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 31(4): 303-319.

Probert R (2019). R v Hall and the changing perceptions of the crime of bigamy. Legal Studies 39(1): 1-17.

Owen G and Probert R (2019). Marriage, dispensation and divorce during the years of Henry VIII's "great matter": a local case study. Law and Humanities, 13: 76-94.


Probert R (2018). Undoing the marriage: the resort to annulment. In Leydecker K, Di Placidi J (Eds.) After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century: Literature, Law and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Probert R (2018). English exports: invoking the common law of marriage across the Empire. In Moses J (Ed.) Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories. London: Bloomsbury, 168-183

Probert R (2018). A Uniform Marriage Law for England and Wales?. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 30(3): 259-278.

Probert R (2018). The presumptions in favour of marriage. Cambridge Law Journal, 77(2): 375-398.

Probert R, Harding M and Dempsey B (2018). A Uniform Law of Marriage? The 1868 Royal Commission Reconsidered. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 217-235.

Probert R and Saleem S (2018). The Legal Treatment of Islamic Marriage Ceremonies. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 7(3): 376-400.

Pywell S, Probert R (2018). Neither sacred nor profane: the permitted content of civil marriage ceremonies. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 30(4): 415-436.