Family Law in Perspective

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-06
  • Publisher: Foundation Pr

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This book continues the approach of the previous editions, offering a conceptual approach to the legal issues implicit in family law. The book describes the developments of alternatives to marriage, same-sex marriage, and the expansion of assisted reproductive technology and gestational surrogacy. Spousal and child support continue to be addressed at the state level through expanding definitions of what constitutes property, the need to limit the duration of spousal support, and the presumptive value of child support statutes. Federal statutes have demanded greater support enforcement at the state level, and Congress retains control over ERISA, Social Security, and military benefits.

Author Biography

Walter Wadlington is James Madison Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is co-author of Domestic Relations Cases and Materials (6th edition, with Raymond O'Brien); Children in the Legal System (4th edition with Samuel M. Davis, Elizabeth S. Scott and Charles H. Whitebread); and Family Law Statutes, International Conventions and Uniform Laws (4th edition) with Professor O'Brien. Raymond C. O'Brien is a Professor at Law at The Catholic University of America. He also holds a joint appointment at the Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches Family Law and Decedents' Estates, coauthoring casebooks and statutory supplements on Family Law topics with Professor Walter Wadlington. He is also a coauthor of two casebooks on Decedents' Estates.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Editionp. v
Note on Editing and Acknowledgmentp. vi
Conceptualizing Modern Family Lawp. 1
Defining Family Lawp. 1
Private Orderingp. 4
Assisted Reproductive Technologyp. 5
The Best Interest of the Childp. 6
Marital and Postmarital Contractingp. 9
The Right to Contractp. 9
Premarital Contractsp. 12
Postmarital Agreementsp. 16
Separation Agreementsp. 18
Marriagep. 20
Marriage as an Institutionp. 20
Limitations on Who Can Marryp. 23
Void and Voidablep. 23
Statutory Formalities Required to Enter into Marriagep. 25
Intent to Enter into Marriagep. 26
Confidential and Proxy Marriagesp. 27
Transgendered Personsp. 28
Same-Sex Marriagep. 29
Marital Status Alternativesp. 33
Civil Unionsp. 33
Domestic Partnershipsp. 34
The Husband and Wife Relationshipp. 35
Choice of Namesp. 35
Management of Marital Propertyp. 36
Support During Marriagep. 38
Spousal Crimes of Assault, Crimes Against Property, and Testimonial Privilegep. 39
Domestic Violencep. 40
Marital Tortsp. 42
Medical Decision-Makingp. 43
Nonmarital Cohabitationp. 45
The Issuep. 45
Ascendency of the Status of Nonmarital Cohabitationp. 49
Enforcement of Agreementsp. 55
Express Agreementsp. 55
Implied Agreementsp. 56
Dissolving a Marriage: Divorcep. 58
Historical Contextp. 58
Divorce Jurisdiction and Full Faith and Creditp. 63
Domicilep. 63
Contesting Domicilep. 64
Full Faith and Creditp. 65
Comity for a Foreign Divorcep. 66
Fault Groundsp. 67
Adulteryp. 67
Crueltyp. 68
Desertionp. 69
Defenses to Fault Groundsp. 70
Recriminationp. 71
Connivancep. 71
Condonationp. 71
Collusionp. 72
Insanityp. 72
Laches and Statutes of Limitationp. 73
No-Fault Divorcep. 73
Living Separate and Apartp. 74
Breakdown Groundsp. 74
Divisible Divorcep. 75
Spousal Supportp. 76
Child Supportp. 77
Child Custodyp. 78
Division of Marital Property at Dissolutionp. 80
Historical Perspectivep. 80
The Two Systems of Property Distributionp. 83
Community Property Statesp. 83
Common Law (Separate Property) Statesp. 85
Classifications of Marital Propertyp. 86
Marital Debtp. 86
Marital Homep. 87
Pension Benefitsp. 88
Social Security Benefitsp. 90
Military Retirement Benefitsp. 91
Income Enhancing Licenses and Degreesp. 91
Goodwillp. 92
Personal Injury Awardsp. 93
The Process of Division and Supportp. 94
The Marital Periodp. 94
Rehabilitationp. 95
Reimbursementp. 96
Indefinitep. 97
Modification of Supportp. 97
Enforcementp. 98
The Parameters of Procreationp. 100
Constitutional Underpinningsp. 100
Estabhshing Paternity and Maternityp. 103
Presumptive Paternity and Maternityp. 105
Rebutting the Presumptionsp. 107
Registering to Establish Paternityp. 108
Children of Assisted Reproduction.p. 109
Parental Status of Same-Sex Partnersp. 109
Cryopreservation Agreementsp. 111
Surrogacyp. 112
Posthumous Conceptionp. 113
Parental Duties Owed to Childrenp. 117
The Best Interest of the Childp. 117
Emancipationp. 117
Children In Need of Supervision (CINS)p. 119
Standby Guardianshipp. 119
Medical Decisions by and for Childrenp. 120
Parental Financial Supportp. 122
Imputed Incomep. 124
Income Used for Calculationp. 125
Modification of Awardp. 126
Termination of Financial Supportp. 128
Enforcement of Child Support Obligationsp. 129
Custody of Childrenp. 132
Four Constructs for Evaluating Custody Determinationsp. 134
Parent Versus Parentp. 134
Parent Versus Non-Parentp. 138
Parent Versus Statep. 140
Non-Parent Versus Statep. 142
Considerations in the Child's Best Interestp. 143
Racial Classificationsp. 143
Religionp. 144
Sexual Conductp. 146
Visitationp. 147
Relocationp. 149
Termination of Parental Rightsp. 152
Constitutional Procedural Parametersp. 153
Foster Carep. 155
Reasonable Effortsp. 156
Adoption and Safe Families act of 1997p. 157
Criteria for Terminationp. 159
Abuse and Neglectp. 159
Abandonmentp. 162
Disability, Unwillingness, or Incapacity to Perform Parental Dutiesp. 164
Incarcerationp. 165
Adoptionp. 166
Historical Underpinningsp. 166
Adoption of Minorsp. 167
Adoption Classificationsp. 167
Confidentialityp. 168
Liability of Adoption Agencies.p. 169
Genetic Parents: Notice and Consentp. 171
Who Can Adopt?p. 172
Racial and Religious Considerationsp. 172
Sexual Orientationp. 173
Subsidized Adoptionsp. 174
Adoption of Adultsp. 175
Stepparent Adoptionp. 177
Equitable Adoptionp. 178
Open Adoptionp. 179
Intercountry Adoptionsp. 180
Table of Internet Citationsp. 183
Table of Casesp. 185
Indexp. 191
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