Family Law 4/E (Core Texts Series) (Paperback)

[Mary Welstead, Susan Edwards] | 640 pages.

Published by OUP Oxford on 13 June 2013.

Family Law is part of the Core Text Series, a range of textbooks from OUP which provide focused and reliable guides for students of law at all levels. Written with authority by leading academics and renowned for their readability and clarity, these invaluable texts provide a straightforward analysis and discussion of the subject and its challenges. 

Family Law enables students to develop a clear understanding of the law, providing an insight into the tensions that surround family life in all its forms. The complex personal relations between adults, their children, and the State, are all fully explored and the controversial issues which face family lawyers today are highlighted. This fourth edition has been fully edited and updated, as well as partly rewritten, to provide a reliable and critical overview suitable for all family law courses. 

Clearly written and presented, Family Law incorporates chapter summaries and self-test questions which alert the reader to key topics for discussion and reflection. Selected reading lists at the end of each chapter encourage further research and help in essay preparation. 

This book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre featuring regular author updates to keep the reader informed of changes to the law post-publication, and a selection of helpful websites. Visit for more details.


Review from previous edition This 3rd edition is a clear and concise, yet comprehensive exposition of family law. It reviews and explains new approaches to existing law. It raises new issues of, amongst others, forced marriages, the developments in the law of significant harm to children, the continuing impact of human rights and the enforceability of nuptial agreements. It is extremely readable and, although ideal for students studying family law for examinations, it would also be a useful addition to the library of any serious family lawyer. (Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE PC)

About the Author

Mary Welstead is Visiting Professor of Family Law, founder Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family at the University of Buckingham, and Fellow and Graduate Programme coordinator at the Child Advocacy Program Harvard University. Susan Edwards is Professor of Law, University Dean of Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family, at the University of Buckingham. Practising Barrister - Door Tenant, 1 Gray's Inn Square, London and MEWI.

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