Family Court Reform and ADR: Shifting Values and Expectations Transform the Divorce Process

15 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2010 Last revised: 11 Oct 2010

Nancy Ver Steegh

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Date Written: Fall 2008

Abstract

During the last fifty years, the process of divorce has undergone a remarkable transformation. This article examines the sweeping breadth of the change and the underlying societal forces behind it. As the family court landscape has changed, a ripple effect has occurred necessitating reconsideration of the roles that lawyers and judges play in the divorce process. Although lack of judicial resources has fueled some of the change, deep funding cuts foreshadow a less positive transformation, one potentially resulting in a two-tiered system of justice for families. (This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.)

Keywords: Family law, parental roles, joint custody, Alternative Divorce Processes, Parenting Education, parenting coordination, mediation, conflict resolution, family court

Suggested Citation

Ver Steegh, Nancy, Family Court Reform and ADR: Shifting Values and Expectations Transform the Divorce Process (Fall 2008). Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1574503

Nancy Ver Steegh (Contact Author)

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