Law, Law Reform and the Family

Hardcover | January 1, 1999

byStephen Cretney

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This collection of essays examine the process and problems of law reform with special reference to the development of family law. The author, Stephen Cretney, who is one of the UK's most distinguished family lawyers, demonstrates the different pressures and influences that affect thedevelopment of the law, including the views of judges, the advice of civil servants and the requirements of Parliamentary drafting to an extent which has not previously been appreciated. Topics covered include the involvement of the Church in the 1969 divorce reforms; the struggle for power within the family from 1925 to 1975; approaches to the reform of intestacy; the Children Act of 1948; and the early days of marriage conciliation, amongst others.

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This collection of essays examine the process and problems of law reform with special reference to the development of family law. The author, Stephen Cretney, who is one of the UK's most distinguished family lawyers, demonstrates the different pressures and influences that affect thedevelopment of the law, including the views of judges...

Stephen Cretney was a practising solicitor in the City of London from his graduation until 1965. He then taught at the Kenya and Southampton before becoming Quarrell Fellow and Tutor in Law at Exeter College, Oxford. Between 1978 and 1984 he served as a Law Commissioner before becoming Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Brist...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198268718

ISBN - 13:9780198268710

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PrefaceTable of CasesTable of UK StatutesIntroduction1. The Law Commission: New Dawns and False Dawns2. Putting Asunder and Coming Together: Church, State and the 1969 divorce reforms3. The Forfeiture Act 1982: A Case Study of the Private Member's Bill as an Instrument of Law Reform4. `Disgusted, Buckingham Palace . . .': Divorce, Indecency and the Press, 19265. Marriage Saving and the Early Days of Conciliation: the role of Claud Mullins6. Tell me the old, old story - the Denning Report fifty years on7. `What will the women want next?' The struggle for power within the family, 1925-19758. Adoption - From Contract to Status?9. The State as a Parent: the Children Act 194810. Dividing Family Property on Death: Approaches to Reform of IntestacyIndex

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`The book maintains a coherent identity of its own. The book is meticulously researched, lucidly written, elegantly presented, and a hugely enjoyable read. But it is much more than that. Tempting though it may be to file it under legislative history, it proves the old adage that historyteaches us lessons for the future, and it cannot be ignored by those who have the unenviable task of furthering the work of family law reform. The promised sequel on Law, Lawmakers and the Family in 20th Century Britain cannot come soon enough.'Stuart Bridge, The Cambridge Law Journal