This chapter focuses on the role of the House of Lords in relation to family law. It demonstrates the value of a judicial body which has increasingly refused to be confined to a formalistic and mechanistic view of the judicial role. It provides illustrations of the self-evident truth that judicial attitudes change, as do attitudes in society generally, and that attitudes amongst the individual judges active at any particular time will also differ. The application of the law governing family relationships may sometimes be particularly susceptible of being influenced by individual judges' personalities, beliefs, and attitudes.
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