Family Law in Context

Family Law in Context


This book takes a new critical approach to teaching family law in Ireland



Editors: Dr Maebh Harding and Dr Deirdre McGowan  |  ISBN: 9781911611875   |  Format: Paperback | Extent: Approx 400 pages |  Price: €59 | Published: 12 October 2023


In the last 50 years, Irish family law and Irish social attitudes towards the family have changed beyond recognition. Although the constitutional idea of the family is still based on marriage, family law now embraces and provides for a diversity of family forms.  With the introduction of divorce Ireland has moved from a system which attached shame to the breakdown of marriage to one that provides for the reality of modern family life.  Contemporary  law now centres around the rights of children and promotes a child-focused approach to dispute resolution.

Family Law in Context takes a new critical approach to teaching family law, grounding the law in its social context and drawing on the latest research. Each chapter is written by an Irish family law academic with experience of research-led university teaching.

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Chapters Include

  1. Introduction
  2. What is the family in Irish Law?
  3. Formation and validity of marriage.
  4. Ending marriage: Judicial Separation and Divorce
  5. Financial consequences of ending marriage: Private ordering
  6. Financial consequences of ending marriage: Court ordered proper provision
  7. Cohabitation
  8. Protection from family abuse
  9. Children’s rights in family law
  10. Children and parents
  11. Public child law
  12. Adoption
  13. Irish family law in a cross border context

Contributors include

Dr Lydia Bracken, Dr Connie Healy, Dr Fergus Ryan, Dr Susan Leahy, Dr Fiona Broughton Coveney, Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan, Dr Máire Ní Shuilleabhain, Dr Brian Tobin, Dr Maebh Harding and Dr Deirdre McGowan.

Who Should Buy This Book?

Family Law in Context provides a comprehensive yet accessible foundational text supporting students and lecturers in meeting the learning outcomes of child and family law modules across universities and colleges in Ireland. Family Law in Context goes beyond an exposition of the law, engaging with debates on the nature of family law and law’s impact on the forms of family life it seeks to regulate. In doing so it supports students in thinking critically about family law in Ireland.

About the Editors

Dr Maebh Harding is a law lecturer at the School of Law, University College Dublin.

Dr Deirdre McGowan is a lecturer in law at Technological University Dublin


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