Routledge – 2012 – 480 pages
Family Law is an accessible, student-friendly textbook which provides a comprehensive foundation in the key topics covered by undergraduate courses. Written with clarity, Family Law offers an introduction not just to the black-letter law but also to the social, economic and historical developments that have helped to shape it, considering key academic debates and areas of controversy.
Authored by a highly experienced lecturer, Family Law is structured in two parts around family law and child law, the framing areas of the common syllabus. Developed with all the latest legislative developments, case law and potential reforms in mind, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, R (A child) , Radmacher v Granatino , Re AR (A Child: Relocation) , and Kernott v Jones , the Final Report of the Family Justice Review and the controversy over the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2011 (including the Family Law Manifesto campaign led by the Family Law Bar Association and supported by other organisations working with children and vulnerable families) this is the ideal textbook for all students of family or child law today.
Student-friendly features include:
'Has an easily accessible writing style and makes complex issues intelligible to early years professional practitioners.' – Patrick Meehan, Year Two Coordinator, Early Childhood Studies Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University.
'Eminently ‘student-friendly’ – with clear explanations and precise statements' – Janette Porteous - The University of Lincoln
1.Introduction: What is Contemporary Family Law? 2.Marriage 3.Nullity. 4.Divorce: The Theoretical Background 5. Divorce: The Contemporary Process 6.Divorce: Marital Agreements, Collaborative Law, Mediation, Family Arbitration 7.Ancillary Relief 8.Civil Partnership 9.Cohabitation 10.Financial Support Without Decree Provision for the Family Outside the Mainstream Statutory Channels 11.Domestic Violence and Forced Marriage 12.The Children Act 1989 13.Parentage and Parental Responsibility Through Human-Assisted Reproduction and DNA Testing 14.Children’s Rights, Autonomy and Medical Treatment 15.The Child’s Welfare 16.Section 8 Orders 17.Making Contact Orders Work 18.International Abduction and Relocation 19.Child Protection: Wardship, the Inherent Jurisdiction and the Children Acts in Public and Private Law 20.Care, Supervision and Protection Orders 21.Financial Provision for Children 22.Adoption
Frances Burton is a Research Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Co-Director of its Centre for Family Law and Practice , and Editor of its on line journal Family Law and Practice.