Oxford Introductions to US Law: Family

Oxford Introductions to US Law: Family
Oxford Introductions to US Law: Family
Bix, B
9780199989591
25/04/2013
£13.99
Pb
Oxford University Press

A book about family law is necessarily a book both about family life and the role law can and should take in regulating family life. Individually and together, these are vast topics. American family law is ever-changing and affects every facet of our lives. The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Family Law provides a critical introduction to the enduring topics in the field, including not only an overview of the basic rules, but also the history and principles underlying them.

In this short and accessible volume, Brian Bix gives the necessary legal background for understanding current media coverage and political debates in family law. He explores the general principles and fundamental themes that currently dominate legislation and case law in the area while marking trends for change. Topics covered include same-sex marriage, divorce reform, surrogacy, open adoption, domestic violence, and the standards applied to custody battles.

Ultimately, The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Family Law illuminates our collective struggle to shape the proper role for individuals, families, and government in U.S. family life and family law, providing an essential introduction to the richness and complexity of the subject.

  • Provides a clear and sophisticated theoretical framework to American family law that is nonetheless accessible to beginners
  • Addresses the legal principles surrounding many controversial topics including same sex marriage, open adoption, surrogacy, domestic violence, and custody values
  • Explains what values and principles inform modern debates about same-sex marriage, divorce reform, surrogacy, open adoption, domestic violence, custody battles, and more
  • Highlights the underlying justifications and predominant foci around which scholarly contention in family law revolves

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