Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History by Stephen Cretney

Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History

byStephen Cretney

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The law governing family relationships has changed dramatically in the course of the last century and this book - drawing extensively on both published and archival material and on legal as well as other sources - gives an account of the processes and problems of reform. Much of the work ofthe courts was concerned with marriage and divorce, but there were also major changes in the legal position of married women and reform in all these areas was hotly controversial. Family Law in the Twentieth Century gives full accounts of how the law has dealt with the relationship between children and their families, and the increasing involvement of the state in seeking to prevent abuse of children and providing for the needy. The book gives a revealing account of theprocesses of change and of the influence of pressure groups, civil servants, and judges, as well as individual campaigners.

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Stephen Cretney was a practising solicitor in the City of London from his graduation until 1965. Thereafter, he held academic posts, becoming Quarrell Fellow and Tutor in Law at Exeter College Oxford, in 1969. Beween 1978 and 1984, he served as a Law Commissioner before becoming Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bristol Univ...
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Title:Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:976 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 2.07 inPublished:January 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199280916

ISBN - 13:9780199280919

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Table of CasesTable of StatutesTable of Statutory InstrumentsAn Explanatory Note on Parliamentary ProceduresIntroductionPart I. The Legal Family: Marriage1 Weddings 2 Marriage: Eligibility3 Legal Consequences of Marriage: Property Regimes4 Other Legal Consequences of Marriage: Conjugal Rights and RemediesPart II. The Ending of Marriage: Divorce5 Ending Marriage by Judicial Divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act 18576 The Campaign for Reform of the Victorian Divorce Law7 The Ground for Divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act 19378 The Family Justice Process 1900-19709 Irretrievable Breakdown as the Ground for Divorce: The Divorce Reform Act 1969Part III. Ending Relationships: The Legal Consequences10 Marital Breakdown: The Financial Consequences11 Maintenance, the Magistrate's Court and the State12 The Ending of Relationships by Death: The Financial Consequences13 Unmarried Couples: The Legal Consequences of Ending the RelationshipPart IV. Children, the Family and the State14 Parentage15 Children's Legal Status: legitimate or Illegitimate?16 Parents and Children: Legal Authority in the Family17 Legal Adoption of Children, 1900-197318 The State, Parent and Child: 1) before the Welfare State19 The State, Parent and Child: 2) the Welfare State and Child Care Legislation20 The State, Parent and Child: 3) Child Care Legislation at a Time of Transition, 1969-1989Part V. The Family Justice System at the Millennium21 The Family and the Law: Reform of the English Family Justice System Towards the End of the Twentieth CenturyBigraphical NotesSources and Select BibliographyIndex

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`...essential to all those who want to think about family law...will be consulted for centuries...'Nicholas Wilson, Judge of the High Court of Justice, Family Division, The Law Quarterly Review