A Review of the Year in Family Law 2006-2007: Judges Try to Find Answers to Complex Questions
Posted: 2 Aug 2017
Date Written: 2008
Family law today reflects not only forty years of Supreme Court decisions, uniform family laws, and a trend toward federalization, but also the changing nature of families, which are often more defined by function than form. Fewer people are getting married; same-sex couples can enter into civil unions in numerous states; and more than six million people cohabitate. The number of children born out of wedlock has reached nearly forty percent. Increasing numbers of couples plan for dissolution or death by entering premarital or postmarital contracts. Assisted reproduction technology enables not only infertile couples to reproduce, but also same-sex couples. Therefore, today's survey of family law includes numerous topic headings that were not "issues" back in 1967 when we began this annual review. The volume of cases seems to expand exponentially, as reflected in the size of this Quarterly issue.
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