Law and Parenthood

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Overview

In recent years, child law has increased in prominence, not only in the public eye and the courts, but also as a study option as a result of modularisation. This book discusses the substantive law, the procedural law, and all the main issues which are commonly raised in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the subject. With the implementation of the Children Act 1989 and the Child Support Act 1991, family law practitioners will also have much to gain from this text, as they find themselves increasingly specialising in child care law and private child law. The primary concern of family law tends to be the role and function of parents. This book addresses the key issues of parental rights and responsibilities: a vital approach lacking in most academic law books which instead look at the parent-child relationship from the position of the child. Barton and Douglas: Law and Parenthood pioneers the study of child law in context by examining the legal concepts of parentage and parenting within their historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives. Special attention is also given to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted at the United Nations in 1989, as it exemplifies the increasing pressure of international obligations upon states to acknowledge the rights of both parents and children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780406044990
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Publication date: 6/15/1995
  • Series: Law in Context Series
  • Pages: 479
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Barton
Chris Barton lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two young sons, who inspired Shark VS. Train while bantering with Daddy.

Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room? and the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit! He is a creative director at an advertising firm, and lives in Illinois with his wife.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Table of statutes and statutory instruments
Table of cases
Ch. 1 Law, parenthood and society 3
Ch. 2 Perspectives on the rights and duties of parenthood 18
Ch. 3 Automatic parental status 47
Ch. 4 Ascribed parental status and the child's identity 69
Ch. 5 Unmarried fathers, former parents and non-parents 90
Ch. 6 Issues and influences 113
Ch. 7 Dual parenting: anticipation and actuality 141
Ch. 8 Separated parents (1): caring 165
Ch. 9 Separated parents (2): paying 195
Ch. 10 State support for parents 235
Ch. 11 Educative duties 263
Ch. 12 Protecting children through support and partnership 283
Ch. 13 Compulsory intervention to protect children 303
Ch. 14 Children in the public care 328
Ch. 15 Outside court proceedings 355
Ch. 16 Court proceedings 396
Ch. 17 From nature to nurture? 423
Bibliography 431
Index 455
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