The Parental Obligation
A Study of Parenthood Across Households
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Parental Obligation by Mavis Maclean
Book DescriptionWhat kinds of obligations do parents have towards their children as family life becomes more complex? Many children pass through a number of different households,living with one or both parents and later step parents and step brothers and sisters. How are the new forms of family life accommodated in the legal system? The answer is that parenthood, rather than marriage, is now emerging as the central mechanism through which moral principles are converted into legal and social obligations. This study of 250 children who do not live with both of their parents shows, however, that despite the comparative legal emptiness of marriage, the experience of living longer with both parents than is usually the case of children of cohabiting or single parents endows the child with social capital in the form of enduring involvement with the outside parent, even after divorce, and that this happens to a greater extent than for children whose parents were not married.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781901362237
(234mm x 156mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mavis Maclean
Managing Family Justice in Diverse Societies, Paperback (August 2015)
This book explores what response the law has or should have to different family practices arising from cultural and religious beliefs. The issue has become increasingly debated as western countries have become more culturally diverse.
Family Justice, Hardback (June 2013)
This book is about the delivery of family justice in England and Wales, focusing on the work of the family judiciary in the lower courts.
Making Family Law, Hardback (June 2011)» View all books by Mavis Maclean
Taking a sociological and empirically-based approach this book considers the processes by which law-makers attempt to influence human behaviour.
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Author Biography - Mavis Maclean
Mavis Maclean is co-founder of the Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy, Oxford University. John Eekelaar is Reader in law and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.
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