- Title Pages
- 1 How to Give the Present a Past? Family Law in the United States 1950–2000
- 2 Changing Family Patterns in England and Wales over the Last Fifty Years
- 3 A Century of the American Family
- 4 Family Policy in the Post-War Period
- 5 The Evolution of Family Policy in the United States after World War II
- 6 English Family Law since World War II: From Status to Chaos
- 7 The Shadowlands: The Regulation of Human Reproduction in the United States
- 8 The Legal Regulation of Infertility Treatment in Britain
- 9 Parenthood in the United States
- 10 Marriage, Cohabitation, and Parenthood—from Contract to Status?
- 11 Marriage: An Institution in Transition and Redefinition
- 12 The Constitutionalization of American Family Law: The Case of the Right to Marry
- 13 Dual Systems of Adoption in the United States
- 14 English Adoption Law: Past, Present, and Future
- 15 Divorce in the United States
- 16 Divorce in England 1950–2000: A Moral Tale?
- 17 The Financial Incidents of Family Dissolution
- 18 Post-divorce Financial Obligations
- 19 The Status of Children: A Story of Emerging Rights
- 20 Disputing Children
- 21 The Law and Violence Against Women in the Family at Century’s End: The US Experience
- 22 Violence Against Women in the Family
- 23 A Forum for Every Fuss: The Growth of Court Services and ADR Treatments for Family Law Cases in the United States
- 24 Access to Justice in Family Matters in Post-War Britain
- 25 Child Welfare Policy and Practice in the United States 1950–2000
- 26 From Curtis to Waterhouse: State Care and Child Protection in the UK 1945–2000
- 27 The Hague Children’s Conventions: The Internationalization of Child Law
- 28 Individual Rights and Family Relationships
- 29 The End of an Era?
Post-divorce Financial Obligations
Post-divorce Financial Obligations
- (p.405) 18 Post-divorce Financial Obligations
- Cross Currents
- Oxford University Press
Surveying the evolution of Western European family law from the early nineteenth century, Harry Willekens maintains that, despite surface national variations, there has been universal movement away from the pivotal role of legitimacy in determining parent-child relationships; from the marital and parental authority of husbands; from highly restrictive divorce; and from legal hostility to domestic cohabitation outside marriage. Mary Ann Glendon also remarks on ‘attenuation’ of the ‘ties that support’ in European and American families during the twentieth century, especially during the 1970s. The circle of family members owing each other support obligations narrowed; the former presumption that interspousal support obligations survive divorce was reversed; and, though child support obligations were retained after separation, their enforcement was feeble. Glendon then contrasted those events with the contemporaneous increase in security provided by employment, noting the growing importance of benefits (in particular, pensions) attached to specific employments. Individuals seemed to be becoming more bonded with their employment than with their marital partners. But Glendon did not see these new bonds as providing stable alternatives to those of the family.
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