Judges, Family Law

Elizabeth N. Jones

Western State College of Law


Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, pp. 626-629, Robert E. Emery, ed., 2013

This is a chapter in an encyclopedia put forth by Sage Publications. I am the sole author of this particular chapter; there are several hundred contributing authors to the encyclopedia as a whole. It is a multi-disciplinary work which details subjects related to divorce: legal, social, anthropological, religious, psychological, and historical.

In this chapter, I describe the role of the family law judge in divorce proceedings.

The role of the family law judge is a varied one. At its core, the position is one of authority. The lawyers, parties, and court staff all give the judge great deference in the courtroom, referring to the judge as “your honor.” This is further affirmed in the judge’s raised bench overlooking the entire courtroom, in the judge’s traditional gavel used to silence the courtroom and maintain order, and in the judge’s distinct formal clothing, usually consisting of long judicial robes. These formalities are designed to instill respect for the legal institution as a whole.

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Keywords: judges, family law, divorce, divorce proceedings, magistrate, dissolution of marriage

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Date posted: May 5, 2013  

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Jones, Elizabeth N., Judges, Family Law (2013). Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, pp. 626-629, Robert E. Emery, ed., 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2260733

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Western State College of Law ( email )
1111 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States
714-459-1187 (Phone)
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