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Family Law

Fourth Edition

Mary Welstead and Susan Edwards

June 2013

ISBN: 9780199664207

640 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Core Texts Series

Price: £39.99

Family Law enables students to develop a clear understanding of the law and an insight into the tensions that surround family life in all its forms. Clearly written and presented, it incorporates chapter summaries and self-test questions to highlight key topics for discussion and reflection.

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Family Law enables students to develop a clear understanding of the law and an insight into the tensions that surround family life in all its forms. Clearly written and presented, it incorporates chapter summaries and self-test questions to highlight key topics for discussion and reflection.

  • Presents a readable and well-rounded overview of the latest developments in family law, supported by extracts from key judgments and cases to help develop an understanding of the subject
  • Points out key areas of debate or potential reform which reflect the fast-paced nature of the subject and helps the reader appreciate some of the controversial areas of family law
  • Takes a broad approach to the subject, covering both adult and child law and includes a separate chapter on death and its consequences for family members
  • Includes chapter summaries, self-test questions, and advice on further reading to help consolidate learning and provide support for further research and assessment preparation
  • Thoroughly updated and edited for each new edition, the 4th edition maintains its concise and student-friendly format, supported by a new and easy-to-use layout
  • Electronic updates twice a year

New to this edition

  • Includes discussion of the proposed law to permit same-sex marriage and the debates surrounding this topic
  • Takes account of the proposals of the Family Justice Review and the reform of Legal Aid
  • Features discussion of the recommendations from the Munro Review of Child Protection
  • Updated discussion of forced marriage, re-evaluating the impact of the Forced Marriage Act 2007
  • Takes account of the growing involvement of the European Court of Human Rights in family law disputes
  • Features an improved text design and layout to ensure accessibility

About the Author(s)

Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow, Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School and Visiting Professor of Family Law, University of Buckingham, and Susan Edwards, Barrister and Professor of Law, University of Buckingham

Mary Welstead is Visiting Professor of Family Law, founder Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family at the University of Buckingham, and Fellow and Graduate Programme coordinator at the Child Advocacy Program Harvard University.

Susan Edwards is Professor of Law, University Dean of Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family, at the University of Buckingham. Practising Barrister - Door Tenant, 1 Gray's Inn Square, London and MEWI.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction to family law
    2:State intervention in personal relationships
    3:Nullity and its consequences
    4:Acquisition and protection of rights in the family home
    5:Domestic violence
    6:Ending relationships
    7:Financial consequences of relationships
    8:Death and its consequences
    9:Parents and family: rights and responsibilities
    10:Adoption
    11:Adolescent rights: autonomy and participation
    12:Children's welfare and private disputes
    13:In the child's best interests: the jurisdiction of wardship
    14:Child protection: the public law procedure
    15:Protecting children from 'significant harm': constructing the law
    16:Financial provision for children

Reviews

Review from previous edition This 3rd edition is a clear and concise, yet comprehensive exposition of family law. It reviews and explains new approaches to existing law. It raises new issues of, amongst others, forced marriages, the developments in the law of significant harm to children, the continuing impact of human rights and the enforceability of nuptial agreements. It is extremely readable and, although ideal for students studying family law for examinations, it would also be a useful addition to the library of any serious family lawyer. - Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE PC

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