Contemporary Family Law

Contemporary Family Law, West Academic Publishing (4th ed. 2015)

University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper

Posted: 24 Aug 2006 Last revised: 10 Jul 2018

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Douglas E. Abrams

University of Missouri School of Law

Naomi Cahn

University of Virginia School of Law

Catherine J. Ross

George Washington University - Law School

David D. Meyer

Tulane University - Law School

Linda C. McClain

Boston University - School of Law

Abstract

This casebook captures the rapid evolution of doctrine, introduces students to emerging policy debates, and explores issues that arise in family law practice including the importance of collaborating with professionals from other disciplines. The book emphasizes that families take a variety of forms, including marital and nonmarital relationships, and that constitutional considerations play an increasingly important role in family law. Contemporary Family Law includes several chapters that do not appear in most other family law casebooks. For example, it devotes separate chapters to lawyering, private ordering, and alternative dispute resolution. And, in contrast to the usual approach, the book treats property distribution and alimony in separate chapters to emphasize each topic's distinctive theoretical and practical aspects. Moreover, because child custody arrangements lead to some of the most acrimonious legal disputes, this casebook devotes two separate chapters to custody: the first treats the initial custody decision, and the second explores disputes that arise over visitation, custody, and key childrearing decisions after the initial disposition. In addition, the book emphasizes the importance of legal practice issues by placing the lawyering chapter at the beginning of the book, and by using problems that enable students to apply doctrine.

Keywords: family law

Suggested Citation

Abrams, Douglas E. and Cahn, Naomi R. and Ross, Catherine J. and Meyer, David D. and McClain, Linda C., Contemporary Family Law. Contemporary Family Law, West Academic Publishing (4th ed. 2015), University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926162

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Naomi R. Cahn

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Catherine J. Ross

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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David D. Meyer

Tulane University - Law School ( email )

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Linda C. McClain

Boston University - School of Law ( email )

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