International law has become part of everyday family law practice, as lawyers everywhere are confronted with questions regarding the rights of 'mail-order' brides, the adoption of children from other countries, the abduction of children by foreign parents, and domestic violence victims seeking asylum. Indeed, globalization is transforming family law, even as families themselves are being redefined. This book provides a practical overview of such issues and also examines the ways in which culture shapes family law in different countries. It provides students with a useful introduction to challenging, complicated and fascinating issues in international family law. Finally, by incorporating a comparative perspective, it gives readers an opportunity to re-examine their own legal systems.
'This is a useful and accessible introduction to International Family Law. Professor Stark's book is an important contribution to an increasingly important area of the law.' John DeWitt Gregory, Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor, Hofstra University, USA 'In typical law school fashion, Professor Stark whets the appetite by asking the right questions and giving just enough tangible resources to help…sort through what might otherwise seem a daunting array. As she should in this rapidly developing field, Stark leaves room for future developments in the scheme she presents. This will be a valuable resource both inside and outside the classroom, and International Family Law: An Introduction will not gather dust on my shelf.' Margaret Brinig, Edward A. Howry Professor, Iowa College of Law, USA '…a useful book for scholars both inside and outside of the law…Legal academics will be spurred to look into the convoluted legal webs that the book reveals, while non-legal academics will gain a clear sense of the irreducible complexity of the issues.' The Law and Politcs Book Review
Contents: Introduction: why study international family law?; Marriage; Partnerships other than marriage; Adoption; Divorce/marital status; Divorce/maintenance and support; Divorce/property distribution; Reproductive rights and abortion; Visitation; Child custody and abduction; Child support; Domestic violence; Human rights for the family and human rights of individuals within the family. Index.