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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy

ISBN 9780367528218
Published December 3, 2021 by Routledge
464 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Changes in family structures, demographics, social attitudes and economic policies over the last 60 years have had a large impact on family lives and correspondingly on family law.

The Second Edition of this Handbook draws upon recent developments to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date global perspective on the policy challenges facing family law and policy round the world. The chapters apply legal, sociological, demographic and social work research to explore the most significant issues that have been commanding the attention of family law policymakers in recent years. Featuring contributions from renowned global experts, the book draws on multiple jurisdictions and offers comparative analysis across a range of countries. The book addresses a range of issues, including the role of the state in supporting families and protecting the vulnerable, children’s rights and parental authority, sexual orientation, same-sex unions and gender in family law, and the status of marriage and other forms of adult relationships. It also focuses on divorce and separation and their consequences, the relationship between civil law and the law of minority groups, refugees and migrants and the movement of family members between jurisdictions along with assisted conception, surrogacy and adoption.

This advanced-level reference work will be essential reading for students, researchers and scholars of family law and social policy as well as policymakers in the field.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Marriage and Alternative Relationships

1.1 The Changing Face of Marriage

Marsha Garrison

1.2 Marriage and Alternative Status Relationships in the Netherlands

Wendy Schrama

1.3 The Recognition of Religious and Customary Marriages and Non-Marital Domestic Partnerships in South Africa

Waheeda Amien

1.4 Family, Same-Sex Unions and the Law

Mark Strasser

1.5 Unmarried Cohabitation

Elaine E. Sutherland

Part 2: Dissolution of Status, Death and their Consequences

2.1 Dissolution of Marriage in Westernized Countries

Masha Antokolskaia

2.2 Divorce Trends and Patterns: An Overview

Tony Fahey

2.3 Divorce Procedure Reform in China

Lei Shi

2.4 Dissolution of Marriage in Japan

Satoshi Minamikata

2.5 Relaxation and Dissolution of Marriage in Latin America

Fabiola Lathrop-Gómez

2.6 The Legal Consequences of Dissolution: Property and Financial Support between Spouses

Joanna Miles and Jens M. Scherpe

2.7 Child Support, Spousal Support and the Turn to Guidelines

Carol Rogerson

2.8 Inheritance and Death: Legal Strategies in the United States and England

Ray D. Madoff

Part 3: Parenting and Parenthood

3.1 Assisted Conception and Surrogacy in the United Kingdom

Emily Jackson

3.2 Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy in Australia

Isabel Karpin and Jenni Millbank

3.3 Parenting Issues after Separation: Recent Developments in Common Law Countries

Belinda Fehlberg and Bruce Smyth, with Liz Trinder

3.4 The Development of ‘Shared Custody’ in Spain and Southern Europe

Teresa Picontó Novales

3.5 Parenting Issues after Separation: A Scandinavian Perspective

Anna Singer

Part 4: Child Welfare, Child Protection and Children’s Rights

4.1 Crisis in Child Welfare and Protection in England: Causes, Consequences and Solutions?

Karen Broadhurst and Judith Harwin

4.2 Child Protection: Promoting Permanency without Adoption

Allan Cooke

4.3 Adoption of Children in the United States and England and Wales

Sanford N. Katz and John Eekelaar

4.4 The Moral Basis of Children’s Relational Rights

James G. Dwyer

4.5 Children’s Rights and Parental Authority: African Perspectives

Julia Sloth-Nielsen

4.6 Children’s Rights: The Wider Context

John Eekelaar and Rob George

Part 5: Discrimination and Personal Safety

5.1 Gender and Human Rights

Fareda Banda

5.2 Domestic Abuse: A UK Perspective

Rosemary Hunter

Part 6: The Role of the State and its Institutions

6.1 State Support for Families in Europe: A Comparative Overview

Kirsten Scheiwe

6.2 State Support for Families in the United States

Maxine Eichner

6.3 Law and Policy Concerning Older People

Jonathan Herring

6.4 Support and Care among Family Members and State Provision for the Elderly in Japan

Emiko Kubono and Harumi Ishiwata

6.5 Access to Family Justice

Mavis Maclean and John Eekelaar

Part 7: Globalization

7.1 International Child Abduction, Intercountry Adoption and International Commercial Surrogacy

Mark Henaghan and Ruth Ballantyne

7.2 Children in Cross-Border Situations: Relocation, the 1996 Hague Convention and the Brussels IIa Regulation

Rob George

7.3 Divided and United Across Borders: A Global Overview of Family Migration

Jacqueline Bhabha



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John Eekelaar is Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University, UK.

Rob George is Associate Professor of Family Law at University College London, UK and a barrister at Harcourt Chambers, Temple, London.