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Family Law

Second Edition

Edited by Ruth Lamont

March 2022

ISBN: 9780192893536

744 pages

Price: £39.99

Compelling debates bring the law alive; the most thought-provoking family law text available



This innovative textbook explores the compelling debates that bring family law alive, offering a critical guide to the subject. Under the expert editorship of Ruth Lamont, each author has crafted a superbly clear guide to their specialist topic, with a focus on areas of controversy and essential context.

  • Each chapter is structured around crucial debates central to each topic; these are highlighted at the outset of each chapter and the authors discuss their perspective in boxed features, thereby helping students learn to critically assess the law and its limitations, successes, and failings
  • Written by a team of highly experienced teachers of family law, each writing on their topic of expertise, who have used their knowledge of what students find most challenging to craft an exceptionally accessible and supportive book
  • Socio-legal context that underpins the law is heavily emphasized throughout each chapter, in order to ensure that students fully understand how and why the law has developed in the way that it has
  • A chapter on family law in practice gives students invaluable context on the challenges of practicing the law in modern Britain
  • Two detailed chapters on the division of property following relationship breakdown (including one by a leading property law expert) lead students methodically and carefully through this complex area
  • Accompanied by online resources that include multiple choice questions for each chapter
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Edited by Ruth Lamont, Senior Lecturer in Family and Child Law, University of Manchester

Ruth Lamont is a Senior Lecturer in Family and Child Law at the University of Manchester. She teaches Family Law, and her research has focused on the regulation of the family, children and the management of relationships across international borders in a modern and a historical context.

Table of Contents

    1:Family life and the law, Ruth Lamont
    2:Relationships between adults: marriage, civil partnership, and cohabitation, Andrew Hayward
    3:Seeking a divorce, Edwina Higgins & Kathryn Newton
    4:Property division on divorce, Polly Morgan
    5:Property division on the breakdown of non-marital relationships, Warren Barr
    6:Child support, Lara Walker
    7:Domestic violence and abuse, Anna Carline & Roxanna Dehaghani
    8:Legal parenthood and parental responsibility, Kirsty Horsey
    9:Private child law, Annika Newnham
    10:Public law protection, Penelope Russell
    11:Adoption and special guardianship, Julie Doughty
    12:Human rights, children's rights, and the family, Helen Stalford, Seamus Byrne, & Nazia Yaqub
    13:International family law, Ruth Lamont
    14:Family law in practice, Patrick Nicholls


"I have really enjoyed reading this. It introduces fresh perspectives and offers a balanced view: it is perfect!" - Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella, University of Leicester

"Comprehensive and expertly written. I would be eager to recommend this as a leading resource for students" - Brigitte Clark, Oxford Brookes University

"A very high standard is maintained throughout - it is clear that each contributor is an expert in their field." - Philip Bremner, University of Sussex

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

The second edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

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

The online resources that support the book include:
- Multiple choice questions to test students' understanding of each topic
- Resource banks, linking to key legislation and cases, academic articles, Law Commission reports, statistics, and more

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