The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law

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Robin Fretwell Wilson
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , May
     400 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Like many beliefs, religious views matter across an individual's life and the life cycle of a family - from birth to marriage, through child-rearing, and, eventually, death. This volume examines clashes over religious liberty within the personal realm of the family. Against swirling religious beliefs, secular values, and legal regulation, this volume offers a forward-looking examination of tensions between religious freedom and the state's protective function. Contributors unpack some of the Court's recent decisions and explain how they set the stage for ongoing disputes. They evaluate religious claims around birth control, circumcision, modesty, religious education, marriage, polygamy, shared parenting, corporal punishment, faith healing, divorce, and the end of life. Authors span legislators, attorneys, academics, journalists, ministers, physicians, child advocates, and representatives of minority faiths. The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law begins an overdue conversation on questions dividing the nation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, and Director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law.


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