Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.
Family law comprises the legal rules that govern the formation, functioning and dissolution of families, and personal and proprietary rights and obligations existing between its members.
Traditionally, and in a narrow sense, family law has been concerned with questions of status, such as wife, father, child, legitimate, adopted and so on. It deals with how these statuses are created, carried out and terminated, and governs and protects the rights, responsibilities and duties that flow from them, between adults, and between parents and children. These laws can be secular in nature – applied through the state judicial system – or based in religion. Halaka (Jewish) and Sharia (Islamic) law, for example, regulate not only religious practices but also daily life [Page 76]generally, including issues of ...