Family Law Text Cases and Materials 2nd Edition

Family Law Text Cases and Materials 2nd Edition

By Sonia Harris-Short, Joanna Miles

The second edition of this comprehensive guide to family law, presents everything an undergraduate family law student needs in one volume. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors offer a detailed and authoritative exposition of family law illustrated by materials carefully selected from a wide range of sources.

Family Law Text Cases and Materials 2nd Edition has two principal aims: to provide readers with a thorough understanding of the law relating to the family, and to do so in a way that stimulates critical reflection on that law. Readers are encouraged to consider how and why the law has developed as it has, what policies it is seeking to pursue, whether it achieves the right balance between the rights and interests of individual family members and the wider public interest, and how it operates in practice.

The text is supported by a substantial Online Resource Centre, which features regular updates on the law, supplementary materials, further reading suggestions, and study aids. The ORC also features two chapters, Introduction to Family Law, and Fundamental principles in the law relating to children.

The second edition of this book shares the same aims of the first edition: to provide readers with a thorough understanding of the law relating to the family and to do so in a way that stimulates critical refl ection on that law: how and why has the law developed as it has, what policies is it seeking to pursue, does it achieve the right balance between the rights and interests of individual family members and wider public interests, how does it operate in practice? But we seek in this edition to provide readers with a slightly slimmer volume which is more fully integrated with the Online Resource Centre. The Online Resource Centre provides a wealth of useful information, not least of which are our regular updates on changes to the law since the manuscript was completed. It also contains questions, suggestions for further reading, and supplementary materials. Some of these support topics covered in the book, while others provide information for interested readers on less central material not systematically addressed in the book. A guide to using this book and the online materials will be found on the Online Resource Centre. We continue to be grateful to those whom we thanked in our last preface, some of whom have provided further assistance. We have been very well supported in preparing this new edition by the team at OUP, initially Alex Clabburn and latterly Anna Winstanley and colleagues.
Sonia would once again like to give particular thanks to her husband Tim and her children Isaac and Olivia (the new arrival!) for their love, patience, and support. Bringing the second edition in on time was very much a ‘family eff ort’. Authorship of the various chapters remains as it was for the fi rst edition. We have endeavoured to state the law as it was on 1 October 2010. The first set of updates on developments since then will be on the Online Resource Centre by October 2011. This edition of the book is dedicated to Howard Miles (1943–2008).

New to this edition:
• coverage of the same-sex marriage case Schalk and Kopf v Austria
• full treatment of Stack v Dowden and subsequent case law, and its implications for ownership of the family home
• a fully updated chapter on child support, following the reforms implemented by the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008
• a revised account of the law of ancillary relief in light of the developing case law, including Charman v Charman and B v B
• a fully updated section on private ordering on divorce following the decision of the Supreme Court in Radmacher v Granatino
• a fully revised chapter on the allocation of legal parenthood following assisted reproduction in light of the reforms contained within the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

• detailed coverage of the debate surrounding the importance attributed to genetic fatherhood in the wake of reforms to the birth registration system and changing judicial approaches to parental responsibility and shared residence
• full analysis of key Supreme Court and House of Lords decisions on the importance to be attributed to the fact of biological parenthood in residence disputes (In Re B (A Child)) and on the threshold conditions for state intervention into the family where the child is at risk of harm (Re B (Children) (Care proceedings: standard of proof) and Re S-B (Children))
• a fully updated chapter on adoption in light of developing case law under the Adoption and Children Act 2002

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199563821
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/14/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1104

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to Family Law
2. Family Relationships between Adults
3. Family Property and Finances
4. Domestic Violence
5. Ending Relationships: Divorce and Separation
6. Financial and Property Provision for Children
7. Property and Finances when Relationships End
8. Fundamental Principles in the Law Relating to Children
9. Becoming a Parent and the Consequences of Legal Parenthood
10. Parental Responsibility
11. Private Disputes over Children
12. Child Protection
13. Adoption

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