Family Law Handbook 2014

Family Law Handbook 2014

Paperback Legal Practice Course Guide

By (author) Jane Sendall


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 292mm x 24mm | 960g
  • Publication date: 9 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019968555X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199685554
  • Edition: 5
  • Edition statement: 2014 ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 774,408

Product description

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.

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Author information

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