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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators and Probate

Edited by: Alexander Learmonth, Charlotte Ford, Julia Clark, John Ross Martyn
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The Constitutional Parent: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Enfranchisement of the Child


ISBN13: 9780300191899
Published: August 2014
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £25.00



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In this bold and timely work, law professor Jeffrey Shulman argues that the United States Constitution does not protect a fundamental right to parent. Based on a rigorous reconsideration of the historical record, Shulman challenges the notion, held by academics and the general public alike, that parental rights have a long-standing legal pedigree. What is deeply rooted in our legal tradition and social conscience, Shulman demonstrates, is the idea that the state entrusts parents with custody of the child, and it does so only as long as parents meet their fiduciary duty to serve the developmental needs of the child. Shulman's illuminating account of American legal history is of more than academic interest. If once again we treat parenting as a delegated responsibility - as a sacred trust, not a sacred right - we will not all reach the same legal prescriptions, but we might be more willing to consider how time-honoured principles of family law can effectively accommodate the evolving interests of parent, child and state.