Forces Changing Family Law in Minnesota

Len Biernat

Hamline University - School of Law; Hamline University

January 1, 2001

William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 873, 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.

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

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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928242

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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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