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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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Nordic family law:

Nordic family law:

new framework – new fatherhoods

(p.53) Three Nordic family law
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Hrefna Friðriksdóttir

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Family law provides a definition of what constitutes legal families and legal relationships, as in between fathers and their children. Social and legal studies are currently grappling with the legal status of fathers in connection with often contradictory notions of rights, responsibilities, nurture, care and welfare, and family law reform has been widely noted as limited in dealing with the growing complexities of family life. The aim of this chapter is to examine the development of contemporary Nordic family law. The chapter looks at common trends in the defining and redefining of fatherhood and examines contradictions and competing interests surrounding legal provisions regulating the relationship between fathers and children.

Keywords:   law, family, marriage, cohabitation, paternity, parental responsibility, residence, contact

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