Written by a distinguished group of matrimonial practitioners and family law experts from across the country, this treatise is national in scope and practice-oriented, providing guidance for every stage of a family law proceeding from initial client contact through modification and enforcement. Some of the topics covered in this comprehensive, up-to-date work include: strategy; temporary relief; child custody, including the latest cases on joint vs. sole custody; valuation and distribution of property upon dissolution of marriage; child support; spousal support, domestic violence; the latest tax considerations; discovery, pre-trial, and trial techniques; modification and enforcement of support orders, divorce; support and benefits relevant to military families; paternity proceedings; adoption; unmarried cohabitants; counsel fees; attorney ethics.
Call Number: KF505 .K38 2015; available at link as an Oxford University Press ebook
Publication Date: 2015
In Family Law in America, Professor Sanford N. Katz examines the present state of family law in America. Themes include the tension between individual autonomy and governmental regulation in all aspects of family law, the extent to which relationships established before marriage are being regulated,and how marriage is being redefined to take into account equality of the sexes, and the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in some jurisdictions. It demonstrates how the definition of marriage as a partnership in which the individual spouse's rights are recognized has resulted in protection ofthe vulnerable spouse. It also examines fault and no-fault divorce procedures and the extent to which these procedures reflect social realities. This volume describes state intervention into the parent and child relationship and how this is reflected in the reexamination of the privacy of the familyunit. It concludes with a discussion of the conventional model of adoption of children and how new assisted reproductive technologies are having an impact on family formation, particularly adoption, to take into account new family forms. This second edition captures recent developments affecting family law in America, including the transformation of the institution of marriage from being a relationship between a man and a woman to encompassing same-sex marriage. Also, this new edition features timely material with insights into adoption that take into account developments in assisted reproduction technologies and the discussion of sexual abuse of children by clergy.