Family Law: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Law - 144 pages
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What is a family? What makes someone a parent? What rights should children have? Family Law: A Very Short Introduction gives the reader an insight not only into what the law is, but why it is the way it is. It examines how laws have had to respond to social changes in family life, from rapidly rising divorce rates to surrogate mothers, and gives insight into family courts which are required to deal with the chaos of family life and often struggle to keep up-to-date with the social and scientific changes which affect it. It also looks to the future: what will families look like in the years ahead? What new dilemmas will the courts face? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Marriage civil partnership and cohabitation
2
Domestic violence
27
Divorce
42
Parents
52
Childrens rights
67
Child abuse
79
Alimony and financial orders
92
Where next for family law?
109
Further reading
113
Index
117
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Jonathan Herring is a Fellow in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He specializes in family law (alongside medical law and criminal law). He has written several books including Family Law (5th ed Pearson, 2011), which is used in most universities in the UK. He has also written a large number of academic books including Family Law and Human Rights (Hart, 2010) (with Shazia Choudhry) and Older People in Law and Society (OUP, 2009).

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