Thursday, April 1, 2010
Ver Steegh: "Family Court Reform and ADR: Shifting Values and Expectations Transform the Divorce Process"
Nancy Ver Steegh (William Mitchell) has posted "Family Court Reform and ADR: Shifting Values and Expectations Transform the Divorce Process" (Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 3) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
During the last fifty years, the process of divorce has undergone a remarkable transformation. This article examines the sweeping breadth of the change and the underlying societal forces behind it. As the family court landscape has changed, a ripple effect has occurred necessitating reconsideration of the roles that lawyers and judges play in the divorce process. Although lack of judicial resources has fueled some of the change, deep funding cuts foreshadow a less positive transformation, one potentially resulting in a two-tiered system of justice for families.