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Cretney’s Principles of Family Law (8th edition)

ISBN: 978-0421960107

21 October 2009

This 2008 edition contains five years of updating since the last edition in 2003, covering a period when a great deal of family legislation reached the statute books.

The book is aimed at practitioners, teachers and students. There is no doubt that all those groups will have come to terms with the last five years of legislation, such as the Civil Partnership Act, the Adoption and Children Act 2002, and the Children and Adoption Act 2006, as each has been passed and come into force.

What then could be the merit of a textbook on these topics? There is certainly an argument that there is no merit. The pace of change is such that the textbook is too slow a medium. If a book is to be used at all, then it needs to have a loose leaf component so that readers can be updated regularly. Many people update themselves through the various excellent journals on the market, a number of which are available, in some cases exclusively, online. Perhaps the pace of change and the need for t...

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