Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 in Review/ Predictions for 2009

A trip around the web reveals a number of lists looking back to 2008 and forward to 2009 in family law:

Carrie Craft's Adoption Blog on has a poll taking votes on the top 10 adoption stories of 2008 --among the contenders: the highly publicized adoption cases involving Anna Mae He and Baby Talon; the Texas Polygamist raid; the Nebraska safe haven law, and issues of gay adoption.

For a list of the top ten cases from an English family law attorney, see the Family Lore Blog's Top Ten Cases of 2008

Family Law Prof doesn't much cover celebrity divorces, but for those professors who like to include the pop culture references in their classes, we refer you to Popsquire's 2008 Top Ten Celebrity Divorces list .

Finally, for 2009, FindLaw.Com has posted its predictions for the top ten "hot issues" in law in 2009 and family law issues took two of the ten spots.  The two categories the web news service notes as increasingly important to consumers of legal services in the coming year are child custody, support & alimony (with special note to the increasing interest in grandparent visitation and second parent adoption).  The second area of increasing interest is in family formation issues - marriage, cohabitation and domestic partnership.


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