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Family Law in the Twentieth Century
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Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History

Stephen Cretney


The law governing family relationships has changed dramatically in the past one hundred years. This book is a study of the pressures and processes which led to those changes. It examines the work of individuals and organisations campaigning for change, and the (often ignored) influence of officials in government and (in particular) the Parliamentary draftsmen. It gives particular attention to the pressures for compromise which have so often influenced the otherwise difficult to understand legislation. The book makes extensive use of archival material and of the results of empirical research, a ... More

Keywords: family relationships, law reform, pressure groups, civil servants, government departments, parliamentary process

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280919
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Cretney, author
Until his retirement, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

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Part I The Legal Family: Marriage


Part V The Family Justice System At The Millennium