Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (3rd edition)

Sonia Harris-Short; Joanna Miles; Rob George
Pub date
Jun 2015
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Placing key judgments and expert commentary at your fingertips, Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials presents everything the undergraduate student needs in one volume. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors offer a detailed and authoritative exposition of family law illustrated by materials carefully selected from a wide range of sources. The book has two principal aims: to provide readers with a thorough understanding of the law relating to the family, and to do so in a way that stimulates critical reflection on that law. Readers are encouraged to consider how and why the law has developed as it has, what policies it is seeking to pursue, whether it achieves the right balance between the rights and interests of individual family members and the wider public interest, and how it operates in practice. Online Resource Centre The text is supported by a substantial Online Resource Centre, which features regular updates on the law, further reading suggestions, and questions to prompt reflection on the material to accompany each chapter, plus a range of supplementary material on selected topics.


1. Introduction to family law
2. Family relationships between adults
3. Family property and finances
4. Domestic violence
5. Ending relationships: divorce and separation
6. Financial provision for children
7. Property and finances when relationships end
8. Fundamental principles in the law relating to children
9. Becoming a legal parent and the consequences of legal parenthood
10. Parental responsibility
11. Private disputes over children
12. Child protection
13. Adoption

About the author: 

Sonia Harris-Short is Honorary Professor of Law and Policy, University of Birmingham and the former Head of CEPLER. ; Joanna Miles is University Senior Lecturer in Law and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Her research interests within the field focus particularly on the legal regulation of adult relationships, family property law, and financial remedies on relationship breakdown.; Rob George is Lecturer in Law at University College London and a barrister at Harcourt Chambers. His research interests within the field focus on family disputes involving children, particularly cases between separated parents and those with an international element.

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