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Published: 28 September 2017

238 Pages


ISBN: 9780198814085

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Family Law and Personal Life

Second Edition

John Eekelaar

  • Offers a fresh examination of the fundamental questions at the heart of family law - how should the state govern people's intimate relationships? Should it encourage a model of 'proper' family life in the interests of stability, or allow people to make their own decisions?
  • Analyses the impact of human rights on the ideas of family law, showing how the traditional power structures that shaped family life have been shaken by the values of the rights of the child, and the rights of minorities to determine their future
  • Presents a thorough theoretical groundwork for the understanding of family law in the twenty-first century, based on respect for personal intimacy

New to this Edition:

  • Up-to-date treatment of recent developments in case law
  • Analyses the latest research and material
  • Engages with established and newly-emerging topics in the field of family law: the legal regulation of married and unmarried relationships, same-sex marriage, state supervision of the inception and exercise of parenthood (including surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology), the role of fault and responsibility in divorce law, children's rights and welfare, religion and family rights, and how states should respond to cultural diversity