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Family Law in America
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Family Law in America

Sanford N. Katz


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 was either 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 ... More

Keywords: family law, formal marriage, informal marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody, sexual abuse of children, same-sex marriage, assisted reproduction technologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199759224
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanford N. Katz, author
Boston College Law School