A Comparative Study of Family Law in the Millennium
Provides a critical exposition of key areas in family law, exploring their evolution and development within their historical, cultural, political and legal context.
Comparative in both approach and framework, with cross-referencing to English law throughout, this invaluable textbook provides students with a critical exposition of the key areas in family law, exploring their evolution and development within their historical, cultural, political and legal context. A critical and lively overview, it pays particular attention to the legal position of unmarried fathers, unmarried cohabitants and same sex couples and the state, within the context and effect of the Human Rights Act 1998.Divided into four parts, it examines: English family law, in particular the recent focus on children's rights, property relations and domestic violence, as well as examining other common law and civil law jurisdictions; the common law in Australia, New Zealand, some Far Eastern countries and selected American jurisdictions, alongside civil law jurisdictions such as France, Germany and Sweden; and, the Russian Federation, as an example of a hybrid jurisdiction - providing a critical analysis of the common issues in family law.; The only textbook to provide a unified, coherent and comparative approach to the study of family law as it operates in various jurisdictions, this volume gives law students of all levels valuable socio-legal and socio-cultural insights into the practice of family law in different countries that were unavailable until now
Introductory Overview; Jurisdictional Survey: Family Law in Europe; Family Law in the United States; Family Law in Australia and New Zealand; Family Law in Africa and Asia; Family Law in the Russian Federation; Family Law in Japan; Cohabitation, Informal Unions and Civil Partnerships in Comparative Perspective; Domestic Violence - a Comparative Survey; The Impact of Human Rights Law on Family Law; Common Themes, Key Debates and Comparative Overview.