Gender is deeply embedded in Family Law. Interrogating how masculinity and femininity are constructed in Family Law enables us to understand how power is distributed and exercised between family members, and as between the family and state.
Gendered social roles are created and reinforced within the family. These social roles are normalised through the numerous ways law recognises relationships, intervenes in family crises, and addresses family breakdown. As a result, a gendered perspective is arguably crucial when studying Family Law.