Subject Focus

December Focus: Family Law

OUP's family law selection can now offer resources with a range of approaches and voices; our textbooks bring the debates alive and tackle the socio-legal aspects of this fascinating area. 

The collection of chapters this month shows off the breadth of our resources. Chapters are available for non-Law Trove subscribers to access until 31 December 2023.

The Family Law Collection is available for students and institutions to buy for £49.99.

Stay up to date with new titles publishing in these subject areas by visiting our Family Law webpage.

Chapter collection

Ch 8. Fundamental Principles in Law Relating to Children

from Family Law: Text, Cases and Materials (5th edn) by Rob George, Sharon Thompson and Joanna Miles

"The welfare of the child is the paramount consideration in most court-adjudicated disputes about children’s upbringing. This means the rights and interests of others are relevant only insofar as they bear upon the child’s interests..."

Ch 7. Domestic Violence and Abuse

from Family Law (2nd edn) by Ruth Lamont

"Domestic violence and abuse impact the lives of millions every year. Historically, such conduct was considered to be a private matter, and outside the remit of the law. While domestic violence and abuse is now recognised to be an important social issue, the historical acceptance of such abuse provides a context to understand some of the difficulties that victims face today."

Ch 2. Marriage and Civil Partnership

from Family Law (1st edn) by Polly Morgan

"Most adults in the United Kingdom are married. It is, therefore, appropriate that we start this book as you will probably start your family law course: by considering marriage and asking ‘just what is so special about it?’"

Ch 14. The Welfare Principle

from Bromley's Family Law (12th edn) by Nigel Lowe, Gillian Douglas, Emma Hitchings, and Rachel Taylor

“‘Welfare’ is not defined in the 1989 Act and, although the welfare principle had been the cornerstone of child law for some considerable time before that Act, it was surprisingly difficult to find judicial articulation of its meaning."

Ch 22. Cohabitation

from Family Law (12th edn) by Roiya Hodgson

Cohabitating relationships are not covered by the same coherent body of law available to married couples or civil partners. Many cohabitants mistakenly believe that they acquire legal rights after a number of years of cohabiting, but this is incorrect. Many clients are shocked to find that they have few legal remedies, and that available are far from straightforward. "

Ch 6. Financial Support for Children

from Hayes & Williams' Family Law (7th edn) by Stephen Gilmore and Lisa Glennon

“When a child’s parents are separated, an issue frequently arises as to the appropriate financial support which should be provided for the child by the parent with whom the child is not living (the non-resident parent). This issue is regulated by one or more of several statutes depending on the circumstances..."

Ch 8. Adoption

from Family Law Concerntrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (5th edn) by Susan Heenan and Anna Heenan

“The nature of adoption has changed since the first adoption law, the Adoption of Children Act, was introduced in 1926. Virtually all adoptions were ‘transplants’ of a child into a new family. There are now fewer babies given up for adoption."