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Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History


ISBN13: 9780199280919
ISBN: 0199280916
Published: January 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £56.00
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The law governing family relationships has changed dramatically in the course of the last century and this book - drawing extensively on both published and archival material and on legal as well as other sources - gives an account of the processes and problems of reform. Much of the work of the courts was concerned with marriage and divorce, but there were also major changes in the legal position of married women and reform in all these areas was hotly controversial.

Family Law in the Twentieth Century gives full accounts of how the law has dealt with the relationship between children and their families, and the increasing involvement of the state in seeking to prevent abuse of children and providing for the needy. The book gives a revealing account of the processes of change and of the influence of pressure groups, civil servants, and judges, as well as individual campaigners.

Subjects:
Family Law
Contents:
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Table of Statutory Instruments
An Explanatory Note on Parliamentary Procedures
Introduction
PART I. THE LEGAL FAMILY: MARRIAGE
1. Weddings
2. Marriage: Eligibility
3. Legal Consequences of Marriage: Property Regimes
4. Other Legal Consequences of Marriage: Conjugal Rights and Remedies
PART II. THE ENDING OF MARRIAGE: DIVORCE
5. Ending Marriage by Judicial Divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857
6. The Campaign for Reform of the Victorian Divorce Law
7. The Ground for Divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1937
8. The Family Justice Process 1900-1970
9. Irretrievable Breakdown as the Ground for Divorce: The Divorce Reform Act 1969
PART III. ENDING RELATIONSHIPS: THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES
10. Marital Breakdown: The Financial Consequences
11. Maintenance, the Magistrate's Court and the State
12. The Ending of Relationships by Death: The Financial Consequences
13. Unmarried Couples: The Legal Consequences of Ending the Relationship
PART IV. CHILDREN, THE FAMILY AND THE STATE
14. Parentage
15. Children's Legal Status: legitimate or Illegitimate?
16. Parents and Children: Legal Authority in the Family
17. Legal Adoption of Children, 1900-1973
18. The State, Parent and Child: 1) before the Welfare State
19. The State, Parent and Child: 2) the Welfare State and Child Care Legislation
20. The State, Parent and Child: 3) Child Care Legislation at a Time of Transition, 1969-1989
PART V. THE FAMILY JUSTICE SYSTEM AT THE MILLENNIUM
21. The Family and the Law: Reform of the English Family Justice System Towards the End of the Twentieth Century
Bigraphical Notes
Sources and Select Bibliography
Index