A book about family law is necessarily a book both about family life and the role law can and should take in regulating family life. Individually and together, these are vast topics. American family law is ever-changing and affects every facet of our lives. The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Family Law provides a critical introduction to the enduring topics in the field, including not only an overview of the basic rules, but also the history and principles underlying them.
In this short and accessible volume, Brian Bix gives the necessary legal background for understanding current media coverage and political debates in family law. He explores the general principles and fundamental themes that currently dominate legislation and case law in the area while marking trends for change. Topics covered include same-sex marriage, divorce reform, surrogacy, open adoption, domestic violence, and the standards applied to custody battles.
Ultimately, The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Family Law illuminates our collective struggle to shape the proper role for individuals, families, and government in U.S. family life and family law, providing an essential introduction to the richness and complexity of the subject.
About the Author
Brian H. Bix is the Frederick W. Thomas Professor of Law and Philosophy at University of Minnesota, where he teaches and writes in the areas of family law, jurisprudence, and contract law. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a member of the Bars of Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and a member of the prestigious American Law Institute. Professor Bix has published 15 books and over 100 articles; his work has been translated into eight languages.
Table of Contents
Part I General Principles
Chapter 1: The Principles of American Family Law
Part II Marriage
Chapter 2: Marriage Eligibility, Marital Rules
Chapter 3: Alternatives to Marriage
Part III Parenthood
Chapter 4: Parental Authority - General Rights and Obligations
Chapter 5: Adoption
Chapter 6: New Reproductive Technologies
Chapter 7: Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 8: Children's Rights
Part IV: Divorce
Chapter 9 Divorce - Grounds
Chapter 10 Agreements
Chapter 11 Property Division
Chapter 12 Alimony
Chapter 13 Custody, Modification, Relocation, Visitation
Chapter 14: Child Support
Part V Other Topics in Family Law
Chapter 17: Domestic Violence
Bibliography and Other Sources
Constitution, Statutes, and Restatements