Family Law Principles Third Edition - revised - eBook

Family Law Principles Third Edition - revised - eBook

By Alexandra Harland, Donna Cooper, Chris Turnbull, Lance Rundle

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$139.00* RRP

Date: 20/10/2023

Code: 9780455248486

Lawbook Co., AUSTRALIA

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UPDATE ON CONTENT: The ebook version of Family Law Principles has been updated to incorporate recent changes to the family court rules with the introduction of the Family Court Rules 2021.

Family Law Principles is different from other family law texts written in Australia because it covers areas that are important in practice, such as family law reports, how courts consider social science research, and emerging areas in family law. It also takes a practical approach to practice and procedure, systematically dealing with the types of applications before courts, providing analytical guidelines, checklists and summaries of key components.

This third edition is a comprehensive consolidation of the second. It builds on the structural approach of the second, combining key areas for clarity and accessibility. This edition brings a thorough examination of recent developments in the law, including examining the court's approach to COVID-19 issues in the context of the unacceptable risk test. Like the second, this edition covers the family dispute resolution system and legislative obligations of both lawyers and family dispute resolution practitioners. It traverses the vexed issue of family law ethics, highlighting critical aspects of the best practice guidelines for family lawyers, independent children's lawyers and family report writers. It provides a unique framework to assist practitioners in resolving ethical dilemmas.

This edition, like its predecessors, contains a separate,dedicated chapter on the critical issue of family violence and child abuse.

The discussion on parenthood, parenting and responsibility, examines children's rights to identity and recognition of their family, the evolving nature of parenthood, including analysis of the High Court decision of Masson and Parsons [2019] HCA 21. It also discusses recent developments concerning the legal and medical understanding of gender dysphoria, including recent Australian decisions and the United Kingdom decision of Bell and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust & Ors [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin).

This edition's financial sections are re-written in parts - arising from multiple controversies since the second edition. These include High Court cases on rights of third parties in property settlement cases, financial agreements and property rights as between spouses. Significant restructuring of the property and advanced property chapters derive from Full Court of the Family Court of Australia decisions on the division of property, including questions of the "threshold" of whether to make any order and structural approaches to the exercise of discretion. A new approach to advanced property issues brings each issue within the structure of each of the essential findings. In particular, this edition further expands the examination of financial agreements, analysing the well-known High Court decision of Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 and vitiating factors affecting the validity and enforceability of agreements.

The international family law issues component includes a discussion of the recent High Court decision of Clayton and Bant [2020] HCA 44 addressing the principles of res judicta, cause of action estoppel and Anshun estoppel.

Family Law Principles combines a unique range of experience, a Federal Circuit Court Judge, a Federal Circuit Court/Family Court of Australia Registrar and authors with practical experience in family law, family dispute resolution practice, and teaching, together with policy and theory research.

Table of Contents

Family Law Principles 3e

Table of Contents

1. The Historical Origins of Australian Family Law

2. Family Courts and Jurisdiction

3. Marriage, Nullity and Divorce

4. The Family Law Dispute Resolution System

5. Legislative Obligations in Family Dispute Resolution

6. Parenthood, Parentage and Parental Responsibility

7. Parenting Cases: General Principles

8. Parenting Cases: Specific Issues

9. Relocation of Children

10. Family Violence and Child Abuse in Parenting Cases

11. Expert Evidence and the Role of Social Science in Family Law

12. Alteration of Property Interests: Core Elements

13. Advanced Property Topics

14. Financial Aspects of De facto and Other Formalised Relationships

15. Maintenance

16. Financial Support for Children: Child Maintencance and Child Support

17. Family Lawyers: Ethics and Values

18. International Family Law Issues

19. Hague Convention on International Child Abduction


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