Family Law is part of the Core Text Series, a range of textbooks from OUP which provide focused and reliable guides for students of law at all levels. Written with authority by leading academics and renowned for their clarity, these invaluable texts provide a straightforward analysis and discussion of the subject and its challenges.
Family Law enables students to develop a clear understanding of the law, providing an insight into the tensions that surround family life in all its forms. The complex personal relations between adults, their children, and the State, are all fully explored and the controversial issues which face family lawyers today are highlighted. This fourth edition has been fully edited and updated, as well as partly rewritten, to provide a reliable and critical overview suitable for all family law courses.
Clearly written and presented, Family Law incorporates chapter summaries and self-test questions which alert the reader to key topics for discussion and reflection. Selected reading lists at the end of each chapter encourage further research and help in essay preparation.
This book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre featuring regular author updates to keep the reader informed of changes to the law post-publication, and a selection of helpful websites. Visit www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/welstead4e/ for more details.
Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow, Harvard Law School and Visiting Professor of Law, University of Buckingham,Susan Edwards, Barrister and Professor of Law, University of Buckingham
Mary Welstead is Visiting Professor of Law, founder Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family at the University of Buckingham, and Fellow and Graduate Programme coordinator at the Child Advocacy Program Harvard University.
Susan Edwards is Professor of Law, University Dean of Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family, at the University of Buckingham. Practising Barrister - Door Tenant, 1 Gray's Inn Square, London and MEWI.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to family law 2. State intervention in personal relationships 3. Nullity and its consequences 4. Acquisition and protection of rights in the family home 5. Domestic violence 6. Ending relationships 7. Financial consequences of relationships 8. Death and its consequences 9. Parents and family: rights and responsibilities 10. Adoption 11. Adolescent rights: autonomy and participation 12. Children's welfare and private disputes 13. In the child's best interests: the jurisdiction of wardship 14. Child protection: the public law procedure 15. Protecting children from 'significant harm': constructing the law 16. Financial provision for children