Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships

Paperback | September 15, 2016

byClare Huntington

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Exploring the connection between families and inequality,Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individualsand society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America. Failure to Flourish contends that we must re-orient the legal system to help families avoid crises and, when conflicts arise, intervene in a manner that heals relationships. To understand how wrong our family law system has gone and what we need to repair it, Failure to Flourish takes us fromancient Greece to cutting-edge psychological research, and from the chaotic corridors of local family courts to a quiet revolution under way in how services are provided to families in need. Incorporating the latest insights of positive psychology and social science research, the book sets forth anew, more emotionally intelligent vision for a legal system that not only resolves conflict but actively encourages the healthy relationships that are at the core of a stable society.

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Exploring the connection between families and inequality,Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individualsand society to flourish, but from transport...

Clare Huntington is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches and writes about family law and poverty law. Professor Huntington's extensive legal experience includes clerking on the U.S. Supreme Court and serving as an Attorney Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel for the ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.17 × 6.1 × 0.01 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190658797

ISBN - 13:9780190658793

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"Huntington persuasively argues that American law contributes to this crisis by generally failing to consider the well-being of families." --Maxine Eichner, Harvard Law Review