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Women who held property of any kind were required to give up all rights to it to their husbands on marriage.

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However, a long-running campaign by various women's groups led in to the Married Women's Property Act. This allowed any money which a woman earned to be treated as her own property, and not her husband's. Further campaigning resulted in an extension of this law in to allow married women to have complete personal control over all of their property.

Inthe Law of Property Act enabled a husband and wife to inherit each other's property, and also granted them equal rights to inherit the property of intestate children.

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Under legislation passed in women were allowed to hold and dispose of property on the same terms as men. The treatment of children within marriage was first addressed by Parliament in in the Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of Children Act. The Act followed several years of campaigning by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, founded inand a House of Lords inquiry in It allowed the state to intervene in situations of ill-treatment by parents, and gave powers to the police to arrest anyone found harming.

Police authorities could also enter a home if was believed to be at risk.

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In the five years that followed, there were some 6, prosecutions under the Act. Inas a result of growing concern over child protection, Parliament passed the Incest Act which for the first time defined incest as a crime. You may find some parts of this website do not work properly without it enabled. Marriage: property and children Women who held property of any kind were required to give up all rights to it to their husbands on marriage.

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Women's property This allowed any money which a woman earned to be treated as her own property, and not her husband's. Treatment of children The treatment of children within marriage was first addressed by Parliament in in the Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of Children Act. Ill-treatment by parents It allowed the state to intervene in situations of ill-treatment by parents, and gave powers to the police to arrest anyone found harming .

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Population estimates by marital status and living arrangements, England and Wales: