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Family Law, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Professor Marie-Andree Jacob
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General textbooks

The mandatory textbook for this semester is: Jonathan Herring, Family law. (Longman Law Series, 9th edn Pearson Longman, Harlow 2019)9  

Other helpful resources include:

Stephen Cretney, Judith Masson, and Rebecca Bailey-Harris, Principles of family law (8th edn Sweet & Maxwell, London 2008)

Stephen Gilmore and Lisa Glennon, Hayes and Williams, Hayes and Williams' family law (5th edn Oxford University Press, Oxford 2016) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   Chapter 2 from 5th edition to replace Chapter 2 3rd edition .   Chapter 4, 1 Background to the current law from 5th edition Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Nigel Lowe and Gillian Douglas, Bromley's family law (11th edn Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015)

Rebecca Probert and Maeve Harding, Cretney and Probert's family law. (9th edn Sweet and Maxwell, London 2015)

Paula Davies and Paven Basuita, Family law (9th edn Palgrave Macmillan Law Masters series, Basingstoke 2017)

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Case books

Alison Diduck and Felicity Kaganas, Family law, gender and the state : text, cases and materials (3rd edn Hart Publishing, Oxford 2012) Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Dame Brenda Hale and others, The family, law and society : cases and materials (6th edn Butterworths, London 2008)

Sonia Harris-Short, Joanna Miles and Robert George, Family Law: Text, Cases and Materials (3rd edn Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015)

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Statute books

Frances Burton, Core statutes on family law 2015-16 (Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, 2015)  

Mika Oldham, Blackstone's statutes on family law 2015-2016 (24th edn Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015)  

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Supplementary reading: monographs

Rebecca Bailey-Harris, Dividing the assets on family breakdown, (Family Law, Bristol, 1998)

Samia Bano, Muslim women and Shari'ah councils : transcending the boundaries of community and law (Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke 2012)

Nicola Barker, Not the marrying kind : a feminist critique of same-sex marriage (London: Macmillan, 2012)

Anne Barlow, Simon Duncan, Grace James and Alison Park, Cohabitation, marriage and the law : social change and legal reform in the 21st century (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2005)

Anne Bottomley and Simone Wong, Changing contours of domestic life, family and law : caring and sharing (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2009)

Katherina Boele-Woelki, Jo Miles and Jens M Scherpe, The future of family property in Europe (Intersentia, Hart Publishing, Oxford 2011)

Elizabeth Brake, Minimizing marriage : marriage, morality, and the law (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012)

Jo Bridgeman, Heather Keating and Craig Lind (eds) Responsibility, law and the family (Ashgate, Aldershot 2008)

Jo Bridgeman, Heather Keating and Craig Lind (eds) Regulating family responsibilities (Ashgate, Aldershot 2011)

Mandy Burton, Legal responses to domestic violence (Routledge, London 2008)

Margaret F Brinig, Family, law, and community : supporting the covenant (Chicago University Press, Chicago 2010)

June Carbone, From partners to parents : the second revolution in family law: (Columbia University Press, New York 2000)

Shazia Choudry and Jonathan Herring, European human rights and family law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2010)

Lester Coleman and Fiona Glenn, When couples part : understanding the consequences for adults and children ISBN: 9781874207184 (pbk.) : £19.99; 1874207186 (pbk.) : £19.99 (One Plus One, London 2010)

John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher, Debating same-sex marriage (Oxford University Press USA 2012)

Stephen Cretney and Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss (eds), Family law : essays for the new millennium, (Family Law, Bristol, 2000)

Stephen Cretney, Family law in the twentieth century : a history (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2003)

Stephen Cretney, Same sex relationships : from 'odious crime' to 'gay marriage', (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2006) 

Shelley Day Sclater and Christine Piper, (eds.), Undercurrents of divorce, (Ashgate. Aldershot 1999)

John Dewar and Stephen Parker (eds), Family law : processes, practices and pressures : proceedings of the tenth World Conference of the International Society of Family Law, July 2000, Brisbane, Australia (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2003)

Alison Diduck, Law's families, (Butterworths, London 2003)

Alison Diduck and Katherine O’Donovan, Feminist perspectives on family law (Cavendish, London 2006)

Alison Diduck (eds) Marriage and cohabitation (Ashgate, London 2008)

Anthony Dnes and Robert Rowthorn, The law and economics of marriage and divorce (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2002)

Gillian Douglas, An introduction to family law, (2nd edn Oxford University Press, Oxford 2004)

Gillian Douglas and Nigel Lowe (eds) The continuing evolution of family law (Family Law, Bristol 2009)

John Eekelaar, Family law and social policy (2nd edn Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London 1984)

John Eekelaar, Family Law and Personal Life (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2006)

John Eekelaar and Robert George (eds) Routledge handbook of family law and policy (Routledge, London 2014)

John Eekelaar and Mavis Maclean (eds.), Family law: A Socio-legal Reader (Oxford University Press, Oxford 1994)

John Eekelaar and Mavis Maclean, Family law advocacy : how barristers help the victims of family failure (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2009)

John Eekelaar and Mavis Maclean, Family justice : the work of family judges in uncertain times (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2013)

John Eekelaar, Mavis MacLean & Sarah Beinart, Family lawyers : the divorce work of solicitors (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2000)

Belinda Fehlberg and Juliet Behrens, Australian family law : the contemporary context (Oxford University Press, Melbourne 2008)

Martha Fineman, The autonomy myth : a theory of dependency (The New Press, New York 2004)

Cynthia Grant Bowman, Unmarried couples, law, and public policy (Oxford University Press USA 2010)

Stephen Gilmore, Jonathan Herring and Rebecca Probert (eds) Landmark cases in family law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2011)

Robin Griffith-Jones (ed) Islam and English law : rights, responsibilities, and the place of Shari'a (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2013)

Lynne Harne and Jill Radford, Tackling domestic violence : theories, policies and practice (Open University Press, Maidenhead 2008)

Robert H George, Ideas and debates in family law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2012)

Jonathan Herring, (ed.), Family law : issues, debates, policy (Willan, Devon, 2001)

Jonathan Herring, Family law : a very short introduction (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2014)

Jonathan Herring, Rebecca Probert and Stephen Gilmore, Great debates in family law (Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke 2012)

Rosemary Hunter, Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley, Feminist judgments : from theory to practice: (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2010)

Sanford Katz, John Eekelaar & Mavis MacLean, Cross-currents : family law and policy in the United States and England (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2000)

Sanford Katz, Family law in America (Oxford University Press USA 2011)

Robert Leckey, Contextual subjects : family, state and relational theory (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2008)

Robert Leckey (ed.) After legal equality (Routledge, London 2014)

Craig Lind, Heather Keating and Jo Bridgeman (eds) Taking responsibility, law and the changing family (Ashgate, Aldershot 2010) 

Mavis Maclean and John Eekelaar (eds), Managing family justice in diverse societies (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2013) 

Michelle Madden Dempsey, Prosecuting domestic violence : a philosophical analysis (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009)

Joanne Miles and Rebecca Probert (eds) Sharing lives, dividing assets : an inter-disciplinary study (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2009)

Joel A. Nicols (ed) Marriage and divorce in a multicultural context : multi-tiered marriage and the boundaries of civil law and religion (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2011)

Katherine O'Donovan, Family law matters (Pluto Press, London 1993).

Rebecca Probert (ed) Family life and the law : under one roof (Ashgate, London 2008)

Rebecca Probert, Marriage law and practice in the long eighteenth century : a reassessment (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2009)

Rebecca Probert, The changing legal regulation of cohabitation : from fornicators to family, 1600-2010 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012)

Rebecca Probert and Chris Barton (eds), Fifty years in family law : essays for Stephen Cretney (Cambridge Intersentia, Cambridge 2012)

Helen Reece, Divorcing responsibly (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2003)

Jens Scherpe (ed) Marital agreements and private autonomy in comparative perspective (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2012)

Carol Smart, Personal life : new directions in sociological thinking (Polity Press, Cambridge 2007)

Evan Stark, Coercive control : the entrapment of women in personal life (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009)

Cynthia Lee Starnes, The marriage buyout : the troubled trajectory of U.S. alimony law (New York University Press, New York, 2014)

Jeanne Suk, At home in the law : how the domestic violence revolution is transforming privacy: (Yale University Press, New Haven 2009)

Elaine M Sutherland (ed.) The future of child and family law : international predictions (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012)

Rt Hon Lord Justice Thorpe and William Tyzack (eds) Dear David : a memo to the Norgrove Committee from the Dartington Conference 2011 : the collected papers of the 2011 Dartington Hall Conference (Family Law, Bristol 2011)

Julie Wallbank, Shazia Choudhry and Jonathan Herring (eds). Rights, gender, and family law (Routledge-Cavendish, London 2009)

Julie Wallbank and Jonathan Herring (eds.) Vulnerabilities, care and family law (Routledge, London 2013)

Helena Wray, Regulating marriage migration into the UK : a stranger in the home (Ashgate, Aldershot 2011)

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Online Course Readings

Bridge, S, (2007) Cohabitation: why legislative reform is necessary. FROM: Family law.. v.37. pp.911-915. Chichester: Family Law. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Douglas, G, (2008) The Law Commission's Cohabitation Proposals: applying them in practice. FROM: Family Law. v.38. pp.351-357. Chichester: Family Law. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Millbank, J, (2008) The role of the "functional family" in same-sex recognition trends. FROM: Child and family law quarterly.. v.20(no.2). pp.155-182. Bristol: Jordan Publishing. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

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Journal Articles

Rosemary Auchmuty, ‘What’s So Special About Marriage? The Impact of Wilkinson v. Kitzinger’ (2008) 20 Child and family law quarterly. 475

Rosemary Auchmuty, ‘Beyond Couples’ (2009) 17 Feminist legal studies. 205

Nicholas Bamforth, ‘ “The Benefits of Marriage in All But Name”? Same-Sex Couples and the Civil Partnership Act 2004’ (2007) 19 Child and Family Law Quarterly 133

Anne Barlow and Janet Smithson, ‘Legal Assumptions, Cohabitants’ Talk and the Rocky Road to Reform’ (2010) 22 Child and Family Law Quarterly 328

Heather Brook, 'Zombie Law: Conjugality, Annulment and the (Married) Living Dead' (2014) 22 Feminist Legal Studies 49

Mandy Burton, ‘Criminalising Breaches of Civil Orders for Protection from Domestic Violence’ [2003] Criminal law review. 301

Shazia Choudry and Jonathan Herring, ‘Righting Domestic Violence’ (2006) 20 International journal of law, policy and the family. 95

Elizabeth Cooke, ‘Miller/McFarlane: Law in Search of discrimination' (2007) 19 Child and Family Law Quarterly 98

Elizabeth Cooke, ‘Pre-nups and beyond: what is the Law Commission up to now? ’ [2012] Family law. 323

Brenda Cossman and Bruce Ryder, 'What is Marriage-Like Like: The Irrelevance of Conjugality' (2001) 18 Canadian Journal of Family Law 69

Baroness Ruth Deech, ‘Cohabitation’ [2010] Family Law  39

Baroness Ruth Deech, ‘Divorce—A Disaster? ’ [2009] Family Law 1048

John Dewar, ‘The Normal Chaos of Family Law’ (1998) 61 Modern Law Review 467 - Available online:

Alison Diduck, 'What is Family Law for? ' (2011) 64 Current Legal Problems 287

Alison Diduck. 'Shifting Familiarity' (2005) 58 Current Legal Problems 235

Robert Dingwall, 'Divorce mediation: should we change our mind? ' (2010) 32 Journal of social welfare and family law. 107

Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester, 'Seeking help from the enemy: help-seeking strategies of those in same-sex relationships who have experienced domestic abuse' (2011) 23 Child and family law quarterly. 26

Heather Douglas, 'Battered women's experiences of the criminal justice system; decentring the law' (2012) 20 Feminist legal studies. 121

Susan Edwards, 'Domestic violence: Not a term of art but a state of consciousness' [2011] Family law. 1244

John Eekelaar, ‘Asset Distribution on Divorce—The Durational Element’ (2001) 117 The law quarterly review. 552

John Eekelaar, 'Marriage: a modest proposal' [2013] Family Law 83

John Eekelaar, '"Not of the Highest Importance": Family Justice under threat' (2011) 33 Journal of social welfare and family law. 311

John Eekelaar, 'Perceptions of equality: the Road to Same Sex Marriage in England and Wales' (2014) 28 International journal of law, policy and the family. 1

John Eekelaar, 'Property and Financial Settlement on Divorce - Sharing and Compensating' [2006] Family Law 754

Ira Ellman, 'Do Americans play football? ' (2005) 19 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 257

Ruth Gaffney-Rhys, 'Same sex marriage but not mixed sex partnerships: should the Civil Partnership Act 2004 be extended to opposite-sex couples? ' (2014) 26 Child and family law quarterly. 173

Aisha K Gill, 'Making the case for legal aid funding for victims/survivors of domestic violence' [2012] Family Law 1128

Lisa Glennon, ‘Obligations Between Adult Partners: Moving from Form to Function’ (2008) 22 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 22

Robert George, Peter Harris, and Jonathan Herring, ‘Pre-Nuptial Agreements: For Better or For Worse? ’ [2009] Family Law 934

Robert George, 'The veil of incorporation and post-divorce financial remedies' (2014) 130 Law quarterly review. 373

Baroness Brenda Hale. 'Equality and autonomy in family law' (2011) 33 Journal of social welfare and family law. Law 3

Ezra Hasson, ‘Setting a Standard or Reflecting Reality? The “Role” of Divorce Law, and the Case of the Family Law Act 1996’ (2003) 17 International journal of law, policy and the family. 338

Ezra Hasson, ‘Wedded to “Fault”: The Legal Regulation of Divorce and Relationship Breakdown’ (2006) 26 Legal studies. 267

Jonathan Herring, 'The Meaning of Domestic Violence' (2011) 33 Journal of social welfare and family law. 297

Jonathan Herring, ‘Why Financial Orders on Divorce Should be Unfair’ (2005) 19 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 218

Jonatha Herring and Shazia Choudhry, ‘Domestic Violence and the Human Rights Act 1998: A New Means of Legal Intervention’ (2006) Public law. 752

Emma Hitchings, ‘The impact of recent ancillary relief jurisprudence in the ‘everyday’ ancillary relief case’ (2010) 22 Child and family law quarterly. 93

 Rosemary Hunter, 'Doing violence to family law' (2011) 33 Journal of social welfare and family law. 343

Michelle Madden-Dempsey, ‘What Counts as Domestic Violence: A Conceptual Analysis’ (2006) 12 William and Mary journal of women and the law. 301

Frankie McCarthy, 'Cohabitation: lessons from north of the border? ' (2011) 23 Child and family law quarterly. 277

Jo Miles, ‘Charman v Charman (No 4)—Making Sense of Need, Compensation and Equal Sharing after Miller/McFarlane’ (2008) 20 Child and Family Law Quarterly 378

Jo Miles, ‘Marriage and divorce in the Supreme Court and the Law Commission: for love or money? ’ (2011) 74 Modern law review. 430

Jo Miles, 'Principle or pragmatism in ancillary relieft: the virtues of flirting with academic theories and other jurisdictions' (2005) 19 International journal of law, policy and the family. 242

Jo Miles, Nigel Balmer and Marisol Smith, 'When exceptional is the rule: mental health, family problems and the reform of legal aid in England (2012) 24 Child and family law quarterly. 320

Jo Miles, Fran Wasoff and Enid Mordaunt, 'Reforming family law- the case of cohabitation: 'things may not work out as you expect'' (2012) 34 Journal of social welfare and family law. 167

Katherine O’Donovan, ‘Flirting with Academic Categorizations—McFarlane v McFarlane and Parlour v Parlour' (2005) 17  Child and family law quarterly. 418

Stephen Parker, ‘Rights and Utility in Anglo-Australian Family Law’ (1992) 55 Modern law review. 311

Lisa Parkinson, 'The Place of Mediation in the Family Justice System' (2013) 25 Child and Family Law Quarterly 200

Nasreen Pearce and Aisha K Gill, 'Criminalising forced marriage through stand-alone legislation: will it work? ' [2012] Family law. 534

Rebecca Probert, 'Cohabitation: Current Legal Solutions' (2009) 62 Current legal problems. 361

Rebecca Probert, ‘Common-Law Marriage: Myths and Misunderstandings’ (2008) 20 Child and family law quarterly. 1

Rebecca Probert, ‘Family Law—A Modern Concept? ’ [2004] Family Law 901

Rebecca Probert, ‘Hyde v Hyde: Defining or Defending Marriage? ’ (2007) 19 Child and Family Law Quarterly 322

Rebecca Probert, ‘The evolving concept of non-marriage’ (2013) Child and Family Law Quarterly 314

Charlotte Proudman, ‘The Criminalisation of Forced Marriage’ [2012] Family Law 460

Helen Reece, ‘The End of Domestic Violence’ (2006) Modern law review. 770

Helen Rhoades, 'Mandatory mediation of family disputes: reflections from Australia' (2010) 32 Journal of social welfare and family law. 183

Shaheen Sardar Ali, 'Authority and Authenticity: Sharia Councils, Muslim Women's Rights and the English courts' (2013) 25 Child and Family law Quarterly 113

Jens Scherpe, ‘Fairness, Freedom and Foreign Elements—Marital Agreements in England and Wales After Radmacher v Granatino’ (2011) 23 Child and Family Law Quarterly 513

Nigel Shepherd, ' Ending the Blame Game: Getting No Fault Divorce Back on the Agenda' [2009] Family Law 122

Mariosal Smith, Nigel Balmer, Jo Miles, Catrina Denvir and Ash Patel, 'In scope but out of reach? Examining differences between publicly funded telephone and face to face family law advice' (2013) 25 Child and Family Law Quarterly 253

Elaine M Sutherland, 'From 'Bidie-in' to 'Cohabitant' in Scotland: the Perils of Legislative Compromise' (2013) 27 International journal of law, policy and the family. 143

Sue Westwood, ''My Friends are my Family': an argument about the limitations of contemporary law's recognition of relationships in later life' (2013) 35 Journal of social welfare and family law. 347

Simone Wong, 'Shared commitment, interdependency and property relations: a socio-legal project for cohabitation' (2012) 24 Child and Family Law Quarterly

Katherine Wright, 'The Divorce Process: A View from the Other Side of the Desk' (2006) 18 Child and Family Law Quarterly

This list was last updated on 22/09/2019