ERIC Number: ED232107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Changing Laws for Changing Families. Discussion Paper Number 9.
This paper examines changing family patterns in Australia over the last twenty-five years, and proposed or actual legislative changes which have occurred in this area. Statistics are presented which reflect the changing nature and structures of Australian families for the following categories: married families; one-parent families; de- facto (informal marriage) families; births; adoptions; stepchildren and stepfamilies; children in foster families; and artificial insemination by donor (AID) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) families. A summary of legislative changes in Australia over the past twenty-five years is presented for these topics: marriage and divorce; the status and rights of ex-nuptial children and their parents; adoption (issues highlighted in this category include access to birth records, consents required for adoption, and guardianship as a legal alternative to adoption); stepfamilies; children in long-term foster families; and families with AID and IVF children. (WAS)
Descriptors: Adoption, Divorce, Family Characteristics, Family Life, Family Structure, Foreign Countries, Foster Family, Legislation, Marriage, One Parent Family, Public Policy, Social Change, State of the Art Reviews, Stepfamily
Editor, Institute of Family Studies, 766 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000, Australia.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Australian Conference on Adoption (3rd, Adelaide, May 14-19, 1982).