Family Law in America by Sanford N. KatzFamily Law in America by Sanford N. Katz

Family Law in America

bySanford N. Katz

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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For many years family law was viewed as a study of the regulation of clearly defined relationships of husband and wife and parent and child. In the case of husband and wife, it was through formal legal procedures or informal arrangements called marriage. In the case of parent and child it waseither through biology or adoption. Equally defined were the stages by which these relationships were established, maintained, and terminated. However, by the close of the twentieth century, basic questions about who should be officially designated a family member and by what procedure were beingraised both in the legislature and in litigation. In addition, conventional models that had defined domestic relations such as marriage, divorce, and adoption were either being expanded to include contemporary patterns of living arrangements and the current reality, or new models were beingconstructed.In Family Law in America, 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 howmarriage 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 of thevulnerable 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. It also features timely material with insights into adoption that takeinto account developments in assisted reproduction technologies and the discussion of sexual abuse of children by clergy. A newly added Preface focuses mainly on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case which held in a 5-4 decision that the bans on same-sex marriage inMichigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee were unconstitutional; the Court held that the right to marry a person of the same sex is protected by the Due Process and Equal Protections Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, and therefore may not be denied in any State.
Sanford N. Katz is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law Emeritus at Boston College Law School. He is a Life Time member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, and Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He is also a former President of the International Society of Family Law, ...
Title:Family Law in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Friendship, Marriage-Like Relationships, and Informal Marriage2. Marriage3. Divorce4. Child Protection5. AdoptionAppendices:Uniform Marriage and Divorce ActUniform Pre-Marital Agreement ActUniform Parentage ActUniform Putative and Unknown Fathers ActUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction ActUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement ActParental Kidnapping Prevention ActBibliographyIndex

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"I have been greatly inspired by Sanford's new book. It is well-written and so informative. I recommend it highly to all family law practitioners." --Hazel Thompson-Ahye