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Law, Law Reform and the Family

Stephen Cretney

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198268710
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268710.001.0001
Law, Law Reform and the Family

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This collection of essays examines the process and problems of law reform with special reference to the development of family law. The author demonstrates the different pressures and influences that affect the development of the law, including the views of judges, the advice of civil servants and the requirements of Parliamentary drafting to an extent which has not previously been appreciated. Topics covered include the involvement of the Catholic Church in the 1969 divorce reforms; the struggle for power within the family from 1925 to 1975; approaches to the reform of intestacy; the Children Act of 1948; and the early days of marriage conciliation.

Keywords: law reform; family law; judges; civil servants; Church; 1969 divorce reforms; intestacy; marriage conciliation

Book.  314 pages. 

Subjects: Family Law

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* Adoption—from Contract to Status? in Law, Law Reform and the Family

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