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Family Law 2020

Eleventh Edition

Jane Sendall and Roiya Hodgson

December 2019

ISBN: 9780198855033

480 pages

Legal Practice Course Manuals

Price: £35.99

The most practical companion for students and trainee solicitors examining the law in practice, using extensive case studies and online resources to provide expert guidance on conduct and procedure.



Family Law takes a practical approach to family law and procedure, supporting students with a range of learning features such as self-test questions, chapter summaries, and diagrams. Case studies and examples are included throughout to show the practical applications of the law and are accompanied by worked sample documents.

  • Covers all family law topics taught on the LPC, including both adult and child law, making it suitable for a wide range of modules
  • Also suitable for legal apprentices or students enrolled on other vocational courses
  • Provides focused, clearly written chapters which include summaries and self-test questions to help reinforce student learning
  • Features case studies, examples, and sample documents to clarify abstract areas and demonstrate how family law works in practice, preparing students for common situations they may face in their future careers
  • Accompanied by extensive online resources, which includes thorough supporting material for all of the cases in the book (including fully worked sample documentation), author podcasts, answers to self-test questions, and a testbank of ready-made questions for lecturers
  • Access to the digital version of this book comes with every purchase to enable a more flexible learning experience - redeem your 12 months' access to Law Trove by 31 December 2020

New to this edition

  • Updates to evidence of domestic violence required for legal aid
  • Updates to welfare benefits and tax
  • Coverage of the new financial remedies courts
  • Coverage of recent case law relating to pre-marital agreements
  • Coverage of recent case law relating to child abduction

About the Author(s)

Jane Sendall, District Judge and non-practising solicitor, and Roiya Hodgson, Solicitor and Academic Tutor, The University of Sunderland

Jane Sendall is a non-practising solicitor and sits as a District Judge. She was previously a teaching fellow at University of York and has extensive experience of teaching family law to LPC students.

Roiya Hodgson is a solicitor and Academic Tutor at The University of Sunderland, where she teaches family law to LPC students. She was previously a solicitor in a high street firm and then at a Law Centre, specialising in all areas of family law.

Table of Contents

    Part 1. Introduction
    1: Family law practice and the first interview
    2: Funding
    3: Alternative dispute resolution in family law
    4: The Single Family Court
    Part 2. Relationship Breakdown
    5: Separation and nullity
    6: Divorce
    7: Defences to divorce and dissolution
    8: Jurisdiction
    9: Procedure for a matrimonial order
    10: Civil Partnership Act 2004
    Part 3. Money and Property
    11: Financial orders following divorce or dissolution
    12: Financial orders
    13: Pre-marital agreements
    14: Procedure for financial orders
    15: Variation, collection, and enforcement of financial orders
    16: Protecting assets and the family home in financial order proceedings
    17: Separation and maintenance agreements
    18: Child support
    19: Pensions in financial proceedings
    20: Taxation in family law
    21: Welfare benefits
    Part 4. Cohabitation
    22: Cohabitation
    23: Cohabitation and finance
    Part 5. Children
    24: Introduction to the Children Act 1989
    25: Parental responsibility
    26: Private children law
    27: Private children law procedure
    28: Child abduction
    29: Children in local authority care
    30: Emergency protection of children
    31: Public children procedure
    32: Child Protection Conferences
    Part 6. Domestic Abuse
    33: Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: non-molestation orders
    34: Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: occupation orders
    35: Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: emergency protection and enforcement
    36: Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: procedure
    37: Protection from harassment


"It fully supports the course and I would highly recommend it." - Karen Shury, University of West London

"It is well presented and easy to read and follow. It deals with all subjects needed for a family practitioner." - Michaela Leyshon, Swansea University

Additional Resources

Online Resources:

- Further detail and sample documents to support the case studies in the text
- Author podcasts
- Answers to the self-test questions in the book
- Useful weblinks
- A test bank of nearly 100 questions with feedback for use in class-testing and assessments

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