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Bromley's Family Law

Twelfth Edition

Nigel Lowe, Gillian Douglas, Emma Hitchings, and Rachel Taylor

May 2021

ISBN: 9780198806691

992 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.99

A definitive account of family law - trusted by lecturers, students, and practitioners



Bromley's Family Law remains the most authoritative textbook on the subject and has been used by generations of both students and practitioners as a reliable source of guidance. It is both detailed yet readable, offering a black-letter account of family law while situating the subject in its UK and international context.

  • Comprehensive scope and content coverage ensures the text is suitable for a wide range of courses and is the go-to reference guide for both students and practitioners
  • The authors continue Peter Bromley's legacy, providing a clear and accurate account of current family law practice while examining areas for development and debate
  • Detailed discussion is clearly distilled and broken down throughout each chapter to ensure students new to the subject are informed, not overwhelmed
  • Regular headings and chapter overviews are used to signpost discussion and ensure easy navigation, helping readers to quickly find what they need whether in class, court, or office
  • Pays particular attention to the international elements of child law, considering the cross-jurisdictional issues of the subject
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Re-organised and streamlined with family law students in mind; the first part of the book covers adult family law and the second child law
  • A new chapter on the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children 1996, as the now pre-eminent international instrument on jurisdiction, recognition, and enforcement
  • Provides an up-to-date critical discussion of the current legal position, proposals for reform, and current issues, including heterosexual civil partnerships, forced marriage protection orders, the Domestic Abuse Bill 2020, the Divorce, Dissolution, and Separation Act 2020, transgender parenthood, and radicalisation

About the Author(s)

Nigel Lowe, QC (Hon), Emeritus Professor of Law, Cardiff University, Gillian Douglas, Professor of Law Emerita, King's College London, Emma Hitchings, Professor of Family Law, University of Bristol, and Rachel Taylor, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford and Fellow in Law, Exeter College, Oxford

Nigel Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Law at Cardiff University. He is a child law specialist with a particular expertise on adoption, wardship and the inherent jurisdiction and on international aspects of child law.

Gillian Douglas is Professor of Law Emerita at King's College London. Her work explores the relationship between family law and social change across the whole of the family life course, from the creation of families, through family obligation and relationship breakdown, to inheritance law.

Emma Hitchings is a Professor of Family Law at the University of Bristol Law School. Her research interests within the family law field include financial remedies on relationship breakdown and the family justice system.

Rachel Taylor is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Law at Exeter College, Oxford. Her research interests concern the protection and implementation of children's rights.

Table of Contents

    2:Forming intimate enduring adult relationships
    3:The personal and property consequences of marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation
    4:The family home
    5:Protection from domestic abuse
    6:Divorce and dissolution
    7:Child support
    8:Financial remedies: the court's powers
    9:Financial remedies: principles and assessment
    10:The legal position of children
    11:Parents and guardians
    12:What is parental responsibility?
    13:Who has parental responsibility?
    14:The welfare principle
    15:Children's participation in family proceedings
    16:Private law proceedings concerning children
    17:Public law proceedings concerning children
    18:Care and supervision
    19:Adoption and special guardianship
    20:The High Court's inherent powers in respect of children
    21:The 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children
    22:International parental child abduction


"Well researched...critical analysis of legal principles with the use of critical perspectives " - Dr. Maureen Mapp, Birmingham Law School

Additional Resources

The twelfth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks