The Family Law Handbook takes a highly practical, student-centred approach to the essential law and procedure at the heart of family law. Providing a comprehensive guide to the subject, the Family Law Handbook focuses on relationship breakdown, money and property, children and domestic abuse.
A concise writing style and short chapters ensure focused learning, while chapter summaries and self-test questions help students to consolidate their knowledge and identify areas for further study. Throughout the book case studies and examples are used, demonstrating how family law applies in practice and helping to prepare students for their future careers. Family Law Handbook also features diagrams and flowcharts throughout, helping to improve understanding of complex processes or areas of difficulty.
This book is also accompanied by an extensive Online Resource Centre (www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/familylawhandbook2013/) which includes further detail and sample documents to support the case studies in the text; author podcasts; updates to the law post-publication; answers to the self-test questions in the book; and useful weblinks. For lecturers, there is also a test bank of nearly 100 questions with feedback, for use in class-testing and assessments.
Table of Contents
Part One: Introduction 1. Family law practice and the first interview 2. Public funding 3. Alternative dispute resolution in family law Part Two: Relationship breakdown 4. Judicial separation and nullity 5. Divorce 6. Defences to divorce 7. Jurisdiction 8. Procedure for a matrimonial order 9. Civil Partnership Act 2004 10. Dissolution of a civil partnership Part Three: Money and property 11. Financial orders following divorce or dissolution 12. Financial orders 13. Pre-marital agreements 14. Procedure for financial orders 15. Variation, collection and enforcement of financial orders 16. Protecting assets and the family home in financial order procedings 17. Separation and maintenance agreements 18. Child support 19. Pensions in financial proceedings 20. Taxation in family law 21. Welfare benefits Part Four: Cohabitation 22. Cohabitation 23. Cohabitation and finance Part Five: Children 24. Introduction to the Children Act 1989 25. Parental responsibility 26. Private children law 27. Private children law and procedure 28. Child abduction 29. Children in local authority care 30. Emergency protection of children 31. Public children procedure 32. Case conferences Part Six: Domestic Abuse 33. Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: non-molestation orders 34. Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: occupation orders 35. Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: emergency protection and enforcement 36. Protection under the Family Law Act 1996: procedure 37. Protection from harrassment