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Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood

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Table of Contents

Part I. Family Law and the Meaning of Divorce: 1. Family law and the issue of gender conflict; 2. The divorce revolution and the process of allocation; Part II. Parenthood in the Enduring Family: 3. Redefining parenthood after separation; 4. Reasons for the demise of sole custody; 5. Shared parenting: the new frontier; Part III. Parents Forever? Issues about Post-Separation Parenting: 6. Violence, abuse and post-separation parenting; 7. Relocation; Part IV. The Family Law System and the Indissolubility of Parenthood: 8. Dispute resolution for the enduring family; 9. Adjudication for the enduring family; Part V. Financial Transfers in the Enduring Family: 10. Child support and the obligations of parenthood; 11. Spousal support and the feminization of poverty; Part VI. The Future of Family Law: 12. Between two conflicting views of divorce.

About the Author

Patrick Parkinson is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and an internationally renowned expert on family law. He has played a major role in shaping family law in Australia. His proposal for the establishment of a national network of family relationship centers, made to the prime minister in 2004, became the centerpiece of the Australian government's family law reforms. He was also instrumental in reforming the child support system and has had extensive involvement in law reform issues concerning child protection. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to law, legal education, policy reform, and the community. Parkinson has published widely on family law and child protection, as well as other areas of law. His most recent books include Tradition and Change in Australian Law, 4th edition (2010) and Australian Family Law in Context, 4th edition (2009), among many others.


'Must reading for anyone interested in family law and policy. Professor Parkinson offers a comprehensive and compelling cross-national analysis of legislative efforts to recognize the indissolubility of parenthood and to foster the parent-child tie after family separation.' Marsha Garrison, Secretary-General of the International Society of Family Law 'Parkinson has done a masterful job of identifying international trends in family law over the past four decades. Focusing on the gradual but dramatic shift in the meaning of separation and divorce for its participants, family law, government, and society, Parkinson writes with clarity, objectivity and balance, and the perspective of many years as a legal scholar, researcher, and family law reformer ... The book makes a very significant contribution to the fields of family law and social science.' Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. 'Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood is the latest book by Patrick Parkinson who is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and a highly respected and internationally renowned expert on Family Law. Even by his own high standards this work is a tour de force. Its underlying thesis is that whatever the status of the relationship between partners before their separation, they are tied together by bonds of parenthood and that these bonds are more enduring than the ties that marriage alone involved. No serious scholar of Family Law can afford not to read it. It puts developments of so many jurisdictions into context, as well as pointing the reader to a wealth of research around the Family Law world. On top of this it is challengingly thought provoking.' N. V Lowe, Head of Cardiff Law School 'This interesting book is truly a solid piece of work at its best. It is indeed very thought-provoking and may benefit many kinds of readers. It is thus highly recommendable for anyone interested in post-divorce parenthood, especially since it is conducted in a comparative perspective.' Professor Eva Ryrstedt, Faculty of Law, Lund University

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