Forces Changing Family Law in Minnesota
15 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2011
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
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