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Family Law

Edited by Ruth Lamont

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198749653

704 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

Family law at its most compelling: alive with debates and grounded in context



Written by a highly experienced team of family law teachers, this innovative textbook offers students a contextual, 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 debate, areas of controversy, and essential context.

  • Unique, multi-contributor, textbook brings together experts on each distinct aspect of family law to provide a superbly focused and accurate guide to the subject
  • Written by a team of highly experienced teachers of family law, who have used their knowledge of what students find most challenging to craft an exceptionally accessible and supportive book
  • Crucial debates central to each topic 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
  • Socio-legal context that underpins the law is heavily emphasised throughout each chapter, in order to ensure that students fully understand how and why the law has developed in the way that it has
  • Two detailed chapters on the division of property following relationship breakdown lead students exceptionally methodically and carefully through this complex area
  • A chapter on family law in practice gives students invaluable context on the challenges of practising the law in modern Britain
  • Accompanied by online resources that include short, punchy video pieces from the contributors on the key issues in their specialist areas

About the Author(s)

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

Ruth Lamont is Senior Lecturer in Family and Child Law at the University of Manchester

Table of Contents

    1:Family life and the law, Ruth Lamont
    2: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:The medical treatment of children, Dianne Scullion
    11:Public law protection, Penelope Russell
    12:Adoption, Julie Doughty
    13:Human rights, children's rights, and the family, Helen Stalford & Seamus Byrne
    14:International family law, Ruth Lamont
    15:Family law in practice, Patrick Nicholls


"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

"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

"Well written, well-researched, thought-provoking, and very current. " - Laura Milner, University of Hull

"Student-friendly, visually appealing, and goes into the right amount of depth. It is not daunting or too dense. I would definitely recommend it." - Alexandra Aird, Law Student

Additional Resources

Oxford Presents Family Law offers detailed insight into and sample content of the text, original writing on cutting edge topics in family law from the book's expert contributors, and more.

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