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Agreements in Family Law

20 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2012 Last revised: 15 Sep 2012

Brian Bix

University of Minnesota Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2012


The amount of private ordering in family law is significant, especially compared to just a few decades ago. And the trend seems to be towards greater private ordering. At the same time, domestic relations remains an area in which private ordering is viewed with significant suspicion, and a significant part of family law is still shaped by mandatory rules and by status.

As part of a series of works reflecting on agreements in the family law context, this paper reflects on the sharply different treatment of agreements in premarital and marital agreements, co-parenting agreements, and open adoption agreements.

Keywords: family law, private ordering, premarital (prenuptial) agreements, marital agreements, open adoption, coparenting agreements

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Bix, Brian, Agreements in Family Law (March 1, 2012). Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper 12-43. Available at SSRN: or

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