Hayes and Williams’ Family Law, now in its sixth edition, provides critical and case-focused discussion of the key legislation and debates affecting adults and children. The volume takes a critical approach to the subject and includes ‘talking points’ and focused ‘discussion questions’ throughout each chapter which highlight areas of debate or controversy. The introductory chapter within this edition provides a discussion of the law’s understanding of ‘family’ and the extent to which this has changed over time, a detailed overview of the meaning of private and family life within Article 8 of the ECHR, and a discussion of the Family Justice Review and subsequent developments. Part 1 of this edition, supplemented by the ‘Latest Developments’ section, outlines the most up-to-date statistics on the incidence of marriage, civil partnerships and divorce, discusses recent case law on the validity of marriage such as Hayatleh v Mofdy  EWCA Civ 70 and K v K (Nullity: Bigamous Marriage)  EWHC 3380 (Fam), and highlights the recent Supreme Court decision (In the Matter of an Application by Denise Brewster for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland)  1 WLR 519) on the pension rights of unmarried cohabitants. It also considers the litigation concerning the prohibition of opposite-sex civil partnership registration from the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Steinfeld and Keidan v Secretary of State for Education  EWCA Civ 81 to the important decision of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) (Application) v Secretary of State for International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary)  UKSC 32. This edition also provides an in-depth discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision in Owens v Owens  UKSC 41 regarding the grounds for divorce and includes discussion of Thakkar v Thakkar  EWHC 2488 (Fam) on the divorce procedure. Further, this edition also considers the flurry of cases in the area of financial provision on divorce such as Waggott v Waggott  EWCA Civ 722; TAB v FC (Short Marriage: Needs: Stockpiling)  EWHC 3285; FF v KF  EWHC 1903 (Fam); BD v FD (Financial Remedies: Needs)  EWHC 594 (Fam); Juffali v Juffali  EWHC 1684 (Fam); AAZ v BBZ  EWHC 3234 (Fam); Scatliffe v Scatliffe  UKPC 36; WM v HM  EWFC 25; Hart v Hart  EWCA Civ 1306; Sharp v Sharp  EWCA Civ 408; Work v Gray  EWCA Civ 270, and Birch v Birch  UKSC 53. It also considers the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Mills v Mills  UKSC 38 concerning post-divorce maintenance obligations between former partners, and the Privy Council decision in Marr v Collie  UKPC 17 relating to the joint name purchase by a cohabiting couple of investment property.
Part 2 focuses on child law, examining the law on parenthood and parental responsibility, including the parental child support obligation. This edition includes discussion of new case law on provision of child maintenance by way of global financial orders (AB v CD (Jurisdiction: Global Maintenance Orders) EWHC 3164), new case law and legislative/policy developments on section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (parental orders transferring legal parenthood in surrogacy arrangements), and new cases on removing and restricting parental responsibility (Re A and B (Children: Restrictions on Parental Responsibility: Radicalisation and Extremism)  EWFC 40 and Re B and C (Change of Names: Parental Responsibility: Evidence)  EWHC 3250 (Fam)). Orders regulating the exercise of parental responsibility are also examined, and this edition updates the discussion with an account of the new Practice Direction 12J (on contact and domestic abuse), and controversial case law addressing the tension between the paramountcy of the child’s welfare and the protected interests of a parent in the context of a transgender father’s application for contact with his children (Re M (Children)  EWCA Civ 2164). Part 2 also examines the issue of international child abduction, including in this edition the Supreme Court’s latest decision, on the issue of repudiatory retention (Re C (Children)  UKSC 8). In the public law, this edition discusses the Supreme Court’s clarification of the nature and scope of local authority accommodation under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 (Williams v London Borough of Hackney  UKSC 37). In the law of adoption, several new cases involving children who have been relinquished by parents for adoption are examined (Re JL & AO (Babies Relinquished for Adoption), EWHC 440 (Fam) and see also Re M and N (Twins: Relinquished Babies: Parentage)  EWFC 31, Re TJ (Relinquished Baby: Sibling Contact)  EWFC 6, and Re RA (Baby Relinquished for Adoption: Final Hearing))  EWFC 47).
Keywords:family law, occupation, family home, spouses, marriage, civil partners, property, trust law, maintenance, adoption, special guardianship
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