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Child and Family Law analyses contemporary Scots law as it affects the modern family. What constitutes a 'family' and the goals of child and family law are explored, along with the role of the state in supporting and regulating the family and in recognising the rights of the various family members.
Empirical data are used to separate fact from fiction and comparative material presents new perspectives and possible solutions.The growing field of child law is examined in depth. Adult relationships, both cohabitation and marriage, are explored. How can individuals regulate or tailor-make their own relationships? What are the ways of resolving the breakdown of a relationship and what practical issues arise? The special position of older family members and the implications for the whole family are considered.
Throughout, the emphasis is on a critical appraisal and analysis of the current law. That family relationships come in many forms is central to the approach taken in this text. How we might accommodate this diversity is a constant theme.Many people need and in-depth understanding of child and family law today. Clearly, for students and practitioners of law such knowledge is indispe