Law and Parenthood

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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.

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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

Part I. Introduction: 1. Law, parenthood and society; 2. Perspectives on the rights and duties of parenthood; Part II. Parentage: 3. Automatic parental status; 4. Ascribed parental status and the child's identity; 5. Unmarried fathers, former parents and non-parents; Part III. Private Law: Parental Responsibility: 6. Issues and influences; 7. Dual parenting: anticipation and actuality; 8. Separated parents (1): caring. Separated parents (2): paying; Part IV. Parents and the State: 9. State support for parents; 10. Educative duties; 11. Protecting children through support and partnership; 12. Compulsory intervention to protect children; 13. Children in the public care; Part V. Law and Parenthood in Litigation: 14. Outside court proceedings; 15. Court proceedings; Part VI. Conclusion: 16. From nature to nurture.

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