34 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2010
Lawyers have often turned to science for answers to difficult legal questions, especially in an area like family law. This article examines scholarship which explores the promise and the limitations of biology in illuminating family law problems. Topics discussed range from the effects of family violence on children to whether biological evidence can be used to discredit same-sex marriage. The article examines why biology is both attractive and problematic as a source for solutions to legal dilemmas. It inquires into the relationship between legal and scientific discourses, using specific examples to demonstrate the translation issues involved.
Keywords: science, family law, biology and law, children, trauma
JEL Classification: K40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Mertz, Elizabeth, Translating Science into Family Law. DePaul Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 799, 2007; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper Archival Collection. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728806