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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Almost all junior barristers in civil practice are likely to encounter family
law work in their first years of practice. This manual therefore provides a
detailed introduction to the key areas of the substantive family law of which
the junior practitioner should have a good working knowledge. Key aspects of
family law covered include domestic violence and the impact of the new practice
direction on domestic violence allegations in residence cases, occupation of
the family home, care proceedings, ancillary relief including developments in
pre-nuptial agreements and orders under the s8 Children Act 1989. In
recognition of the increasing desire to avoid costly and lengthy adversarial
proceedings, the manual also includes a dedicated chapter focusing specifically
on the role of mediation as a tool to resolving family law disputes.
Adopting a highly pragmatic approach, Family Law in Practice , encourages
students to build on their existing basic practitioner skills, and highlights
how to approach writing opinions and drafting documents specific to family law,
including consent orders. It also provides invaluable practical advice on how
to prepare for different types of hearing, what factors to consider in relation
to negotiation, how to make persuasive submissions, and how to handle witnesses
effectively, ensuring that the junior practitioner is fully prepared for his or
her first steps in the family courts.
The text has been revised to include updates on the Forced Marriage (Civil
Protection) Act 2007 and developments relating to media access in private
family law cases. Guidance is given on the current systems for child support as
well as an introduction to the work of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement