Significantly revised and completely updated (to 31 March 2015), the second edition of Families and the Law continues to offer readers an in-depth discussion of issues in family law within a socio-legal context. It examines legal regulation of families and family members in three main contexts: the formation of families (through relationships of marriage or cohabitation, or the creation of parent–child relationships), legal intervention in intact families (including responsibilities for care and protection of children, domestic violence and elder abuse), and the dissolution of families at divorce or separation (including issues about family law bargaining and other forms of dispute resolution, and legal issues concerning property sharing, ongoing custody and care of children, and spousal and child support). Throughout the book, there are references to critical, comparative, and interdisciplinary literature about family law, opportunities for applying principles and engaging in problem solving, and questions and commentary about the need for legal and social change in relation to family law issues.
For all who study family law in Canada, this book is an invaluable resource — providing a highly comprehensive treatment of “families” and “law,” as well as an informed and critical context for understanding both the history and more contemporary and future challenges for such relationships.
A class-tested, carefully-considered collection of cases and commentary, Families and the Law is a stimulating learning resource, perfect as a primary or secondary text for courses on family law, legal studies, and law and society programs, and an invaluable resource for all who study family law in Canada.
About the Authors:
Natasha Bakht teaches criminal law, family law, and multicultural rights. Her research interests are generally in the area of law, culture and minority rights, and specifically in the intersecting area of religious freedom and women’s equality. She has written extensively on the issue of religious arbitration in family law. A regular researcher with the National Judicial Institute where she has assists in judicial education on sentencing, demeanour, evidence, and matters of faith and culture. Professor Bakht is also a member of the Law Program Committee of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).
Vanessa Gruben’s research focuses on the legal regulation of various aspects of assisted human reproduction including contractual disputes over frozen embryos, privacy and access to information, gamete donor anonymity, the regulation and funding of assisted reproductive technologies, and the constitutionality of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Her research also includes health law more generally as well as the protection of language rights in Canada. In addition to her research work, Professor Gruben has appeared on behalf of Amnesty International Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada in Charkaoui v. Canada,  1 S.C.R. 350;Charkaoui v. Canada,  2 S.C.R. 326; and Khadr v. Canada,  SCC 3 and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She is also a member of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.