This popular and long-established text provides an insightful and comprehensive account of a fascinating and dynamic subject. In addition to dealing with the intricacies of the substantive law, the text considers the wider social and policy issues, the current family law debates, and proposals for reform. This new edition has been revised and updated to include all the recent statutory and case-law developments in family law, as well as discussions for reform. The user-friendly layout highlights cases and statutes in separate boxes, and includes helpful summaries at the end of each chapter. Suggestions for further reading and lists of useful websites are also provided. Family Law is essential reading for law students taking undergraduate modules on family law. Students on child law, social work, social policy and health care courses will also find it invaluable, as will postgraduates and those studying the subject for professional purposes.