A Review of the Year in Family Law 2012­–2013: A Banner Year for Same-Sex Couples

Posted: 29 Jul 2017

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Linda D. Henry Elrod

Washburn University - School of Law

Robert G. Spector

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: July 26, 2017

Abstract

The volume of cases this year involving same-sex marriage, including one from the United States Supreme Court (United States v. Windsor) striking part of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal courts invalidating state bans on equal protection grounds, and several additional states allowing same-sex couples to marry, left little doubt of this year’s central theme. In addition, another Supreme Court case interpreted the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act to an out-of-wedlock child and a third examined whether a return order made an appeal moot under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. While state cases ran the predictable course in the usual topics, this year some areas saw more activity than before. For example, a large number of cases discussed alternative dispute resolution, surrogacy contracts, same-sex parenting issues, and jurisdiction to grant a divorce.

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Suggested Citation

Elrod, Linda D. Henry and Spector, Robert G., A Review of the Year in Family Law 2012­–2013: A Banner Year for Same-Sex Couples (July 26, 2017). Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3009370

Linda D. Henry Elrod (Contact Author)

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Robert G. Spector

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