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Family Law Handbook 2014



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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, 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 ( 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.

Author Biography

Jane Sendall, Solicitor (non-practising) and Teaching Fellow, York University

Jane Sendall is a non-practising solicitor and a teaching fellow at York University and sits as a Deputy District Judge. She has extensive experience of teaching family law to LPC students.

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 proceedings
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

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