A Review of the Year in Family Law 2007-2008: Federalization and Nationalization Continue

Posted: 2 Aug 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: 2009

Abstract

In 2008, the ABA Section of Family Law celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Over the past fifty years, one of the most significant changes has been the explosion of federal laws, uniform laws, and cases interpreting them. As families have become more mobile, the federal government has been asked to enact laws in numerous areas that traditionally were left to the states, such as child welfare, the establishment and enforcement of child support, domestic violence, and division of pension plans. In addition to traditional federal laws on bankruptcy and taxation, there are now laws dealing with international adoption, international child abduction, and the adoption and custody of Indian children. Enactment of more uniform acts has led not only to more cases, but also to more uniformity and predictability for families crossing state borders. This year's review captures some of the more interesting decisions.

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Suggested Citation

Elrod, Linda D. Henry and Spector, Robert G., A Review of the Year in Family Law 2007-2008: Federalization and Nationalization Continue (2009). Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3011531

Linda D. Henry Elrod (Contact Author)

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Robert G. Spector

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

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