Changes in family structures, demographics, social attitudes and economic policies over the last 60 years have had a large impact on family lives and correspondingly on family law.

The Second Edition of this Handbook draws upon recent developments to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date global perspective on the policy challenges facing family law and policy round the world. The chapters apply legal, sociological, demographic and social work research to explore the most significant issues that have been commanding the attention of family law policymakers in recent years. Featuring contributions from renowned global experts, the book draws on multiple jurisdictions and offers comparative analysis across a range of countries. The book addresses a range of issues, including the role of the state in supporting families and protecting the vulnerable, children’s rights and parental authority, sexual orientation, same-sex unions and gender in family law, and the status of marriage and other forms of adult relationships. It also focuses on divorce and separation and their consequences, the relationship between civil law and the law of minority groups, refugees and migrants and the movement of family members between jurisdictions along with assisted conception, surrogacy and adoption.

This advanced-level reference work will be essential reading for students, researchers and scholars of family law and social policy as well as policymakers in the field.

part 1|72 pages

Marriage and alternative relationships

chapter 1.1|12 pages

The Changing Face of Marriage

ByMarsha Garrison

chapter 1.2|14 pages

Marriage and Alternative Status Relationships in the Netherlands

ByWendy Schrama

chapter 1.4|16 pages

Family, Same-Sex Unions and the Law

ByMark Strasser

chapter 1.5|9 pages

Unmarried Cohabitation

ByElaine E. Sutherland

part 2|112 pages

Dissolution of status, death and their consequences

chapter 2.1|25 pages

Dissolution of Marriage in Westernized Countries

ByMasha Antokolskaia

chapter 2.2|15 pages

Divorce Trends and Patterns

An overview
ByTony Fahey

chapter 2.3|10 pages

Divorce Procedure Reform in China

ByLei Shi

chapter 2.4|12 pages

Dissolution of Marriage in Japan

BySatoshi Minamikata

chapter 2.5|7 pages

Relaxation and Dissolution of Marriage in Latin America

ByFabiola Lathrop-Gómez

chapter 2.6|15 pages

The Legal Consequences of Dissolution

Property and financial support between spouses
ByJoanna Miles, Jens M. Scherpe

chapter 2.7|12 pages

Child Support, Spousal Support and the Turn to Guidelines

ByCarol Rogerson

chapter 2.8|14 pages

Inheritance and Death

Legal strategies in the United States and England
ByRay D. Madoff

part 3|62 pages

Parenting and parenthood

chapter 3.1|13 pages

Assisted Conception and Surrogacy in the United Kingdom

ByEmily Jackson

chapter 3.2|15 pages

Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy in Australia

ByIsabel Karpin, Jenni Millbank

chapter 3.3|14 pages

Parenting Issues after Separation

Recent developments in common law countries
ByBelinda Fehlberg, Bruce Smyth, Liz Trinder

chapter 3.4|9 pages

The Development of ‘Shared Custody’ in Spain and Southern Europe

ByTeresa Picontó Novales

chapter 3.5|9 pages

Parenting Issues after Separation

A Scandinavian perspective
ByAnna Singer

part 4|60 pages

Child welfare, child protection and children’s rights

chapter 4.1|13 pages

Crisis in Child Welfare and Protection in England

Causes, consequences and solutions?
ByKaren Broadhurst, Judith Harwin

chapter 4.2|8 pages

Child Protection

Promoting permanency without adoption
ByAllan Cooke

chapter 4.3|10 pages

Adoption of Children in the United States and England and Wales

BySanford N. Katz, John Eekelaar

chapter 4.4|8 pages

The Moral Basis of Children’s Relational Rights

ByJames G. Dwyer

chapter 4.5|10 pages

Children’s Rights and Parental Authority

African perspectives
ByJulia Sloth-Nielsen

chapter 4.6|9 pages

Children’s Rights

The wider context
ByJohn Eekelaar, Rob George

part 5|36 pages

Discrimination and personal safety

chapter 5.1|18 pages

Gender and Human Rights

ByFareda Banda

chapter 5.2|16 pages

Domestic Abuse

A UK perspective
ByRosemary Hunter

part 6|58 pages

The role of the state and its institutions

chapter 6.1|12 pages

State Support for Families in Europe

A comparative overview
ByKirsten Scheiwe

chapter 6.2|12 pages

State Support for Families in the United States

ByMaxine Eichner

chapter 6.3|12 pages

Law and Policy Concerning Older People

ByJonathan Herring

chapter 6.4|8 pages

Support and Care Among Family Members and State Provision for the Elderly in Japan

ByEmiko Kubono, Harumi Ishiwata

chapter 6.5|12 pages

Access to Family Justice

ByMavis Maclean, John Eekelaar

part 7|43 pages


chapter 7.1|19 pages

International Child Abduction, Intercountry Adoption and International Commercial Surrogacy

ByMark Henaghan, Ruth Ballantyne

chapter 7.2|7 pages

Children in Cross-Border Situations

Relocation, the 1996 Hague Convention and the Brussels IIa Regulation
ByRob George

chapter 7.3|15 pages

Divided and United Across Borders

A global overview of family migration
ByJacqueline Bhabha