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Forces Changing Family Law in Minnesota

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Len Biernat

Hamline University - School of Law; Hamline University

Date Written: January 1, 2001


To a large extent, family law mirrors the constantly changing values of a society in order to meet new needs and goals. Nevertheless, society is never in perfect harmony and any large society may have internally conflicting values. This article, written by a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, examines forces which have changed family law since 1997. These forces and the foci of this article include the following: (1) the growing role of the federal government, especially in the child support area; (2) the need for more uniformity among states; (3) the organized bar’s influence; and (4) individual legislators’ influence. The article argues that although these forces have resulted in similar family law changes in many states, Minnesota has at the same time taken a vastly different approach.

Keywords: Family law, federal influence, uniform state laws, Minnesota

Suggested Citation

Biernat, Len, Forces Changing Family Law in Minnesota (January 1, 2001). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 873, 2001. Available at SSRN:

Len Biernat (Contact Author)

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States

Hamline University ( email )

1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States

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