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Benjamin Stowe - A Socio-Legal Study of Divorce and Family Law in England and Wales

Benjamin Stowe - A Socio-Legal Study of Divorce and Family Law in England and Wales

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A Socio-Legal Study of Divorce and Family Law in England and Wales: Following on from the repeal of the Family Law Act 1996 where next for Divorce Law Reform?
A Socio-Legal Study of Divorce and Family Law in England and Wales: Following on from the repeal of the Family Law Act 1996 where next for Divorce Law Reform?

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 Name: Benjamin StoweDissertation Supervisor: Norma Martin ClementStudent ID: 200245794Word Count: 12,248Title: A Socio-Legal Study of Divorce and Family Law in England and Wales:Following on from the repeal of the Family Law Act 1996 where next for Divorce Law Reform?
 
 Contents PageTable of Cases ............................................................................................... 4 Table of Statutes ............................................................................................ 5 Abstract .......................................................................................................... 6 Introduction......................................................................................................8Chapter 1: The Need for Reform, Social Perspectives and Liberalism ........ 11The Current State of Affairs ......................................................................... 11The Family Law Act 1996 ............................................................................ 12The Role of Divorce Law .............................................................................. 16Liberal Theory .............................................................................................. 17Post Liberalism and Divorcing Responsibly ................................................. 20A Critique of Post-Liberalism ....................................................................... 22Communitarianism ....................................................................................... 23 Conclusion.....................................................................................................27Chapter 2: An Accurate Theory of Marital Quality and Stability....................28A Psycho-Social Study of Divorce ............................................................... 29Functionalism and Divorce ........................................................................... 30Divorce: A process over time ....................................................................... 32 Psychological Theories of Marital Breakdown...............................................33The Uncoupling Process .............................................................................. 33The Stages of Relationship Breakdown ....................................................... 34 Divorce is a Last Resort................................................................................35
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Relationships Breakdown......................................................................36Uncoupling is Avoidable................................................................................37Criticisms of Uncoupling................................................................................37Exchange Theory and Divorce ..................................................................... 38Incorporating Theory into Family Law .......................................................... 39Risk Factor Analysis .................................................................................... 40 Effective Legal Intervention...........................................................................43Non-Legal Responses to Marital Breakdown ............................................... 44Criticisms of Risk Factor Analysis ................................................................ 45 Conclusion.....................................................................................................46Chapter 3: Cultural and Political Context of Divorce Reform........................48Center for Social Justice (CSJ): Conservative Divorce Reform....................49The FLA all over again..................................................................................50Political Responses to Marital Breakdown....................................................52Sending the Right Message ......................................................................... 53The Privatization of Divorce and the Feminist Critique of Mediation ............ 54 Privatization of Divorce..................................................................................56The ‘Darker Side’ of Divorce ........................................................................ 58Conclusion: Striking a Balance .................................................................... 59 
 
 Chapter Four: Divorce Reform......................................................................61Divorce Law Proposals ................................................................................ 61Family Law Proposals .................................................................................. 63 Conclusion.....................................................................................................65Bibliography ................................................................................................. 70

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