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When you teach Family Law, how do you convey the lively social context of this continually evolving area? Modern Family Law, Third Edition, uses cases, notes, interdisciplinary materials, and problems to address the full range of the subject, with sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class.

This dynamic casebook:

  • reflects the social diversity of the modern family
  • examines the social and legal impacts of: the women's movement, the children's rights movement, the fathers' rights movement, domestic violence, changing sexual mores, new family forms, and developments in reproductive technology
  • integrates valuable interdisciplinary perspectives, including excerpts, notes, and questions emanating from history, psychology, sociology, social work, medicine, and philosophy
  • covers the basics of family law as well as more expansive topics
  • presents a variety of problem exercises, most derived from actual cases and current events
  • easily adapts to courses of various lengths heightens student awareness of the real effect of the law on people's lives through narratives and stories about the people behind the cases

Scrupulously updated with new cases, notes, problems, and excerpts, the Third Edition:

  • provides extensive coverage of the same-sex marriage debate and its ramifications, including the Lawrence, Goodridge, and Lofton cases, civil unions and domestic partnerships, parentage determinations, custody and visitation, child support, name changes, property rights, the proposed federal marriage amendment to the Constitution, and the wider implications for gender classifications in family law
  • presents expanded treatment of domestic violence, including Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzalez, discrimination against abuse victims in the areas of housing and employment, victims' attempts to change names and hide, and the implications for custody and support
  • discusses custody and visitation rights of both grandparents and stepparents in the post-Troxel era
  • supplies revised coverage of the family-work conflict, including discussion of the "glass ceiling," the "maternal wall," and the gendered household division of labor
  • treats right-to-die issues, most notably the Terri Schiavo case and its ramifications for privacy, the family, and federalism
  • addresses partial-birth abortion bans and teenagers' abortion rights, including the proposed federal parental notification statute (the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act) and the pending Supreme Court case of Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • includes expanded treatment of sexual orientation in terms of employment, housing, domestic violence, and the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy
  • considers fetal protection measures at both the federal and state levels that criminalize the killing of a fetus, such as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act
  • deals with important evidentiary issues, such as the child abuse implications of Crawford v. Washington and the interspousal wiretapping case of Glazner v. Glazner
  • reviews paternity disestablishment for husbands who deny paternity after genetic tests disprove their biological fatherhood
  • updates issues of contraceptive fraud, such as the "purloined sperm" cases in which women lie about taking birth control pills or "steal" their partner's sperm without his consent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735556102
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1190
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

I Private Family Choices: Constitutional Protection for the Family and Its Members 1
II Getting Married 117
III Being Married: Regulation of the Intact Members 245
IV Alternative Families 397
V Divorce 533
VI Financial Consequences of Dissolution 653
VII Child Custody 797
VIII State Regulation of the Parent-Child Relationship 951
IX Adoption and Alternatives to Adoption 1131
Table of Cases 1265
Index 1281
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