Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Dishes, Less Talk

From WSJ:

This Valentine’s Day, skip the chocolate, lingerie and jewelry. Instead, practice talking less, doing the dishes and putting out. Romantic? Maybe not. The secret to a life of wedded bliss? Quite possibly.

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July 30, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bridesmaid Costs

From CNN:

After adding up the cost of the dress, accessories, travel expenses, wedding gifts and more, found that it costs about $1,695 to be a bridesmaid. The estimate was based on a 2010 Real Weddings study that surveyed more than 20,000 brides nationwide.

The highest expenses include travel to the wedding, shower and bachelorette party, which each can cost an average of $300.

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July 29, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cohen: "The Family, the Market, and ADR"

Amy Cohen (Ohio State Univ. College of Law) has posted "The Family, the Market, and ADR" (forthcoming J. Dispute Res.) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

This Article begins with the observation that in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice and scholarship, the family recurs as a model for thinking about other kinds of relationships, even in spheres that are commonly thought to be purely commercial or transactional in nature. This conflation of family/market paradigms is intriguing because, as Janet Halley has shown, for much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, American legal thought has virtually required “the division of intellectual labor” between the law of the family, on the one hand, and the law of the market, on the other hand. The Article thus explores the unexpected connections between models of the family and the market in contemporary ADR and compares them to earlier twentieth-century dispute processing reforms. Whereas Progressive era dispute processing reformers distinguished between the problems of the family (described as public and social) and the problems of the market (described as private and individual), contemporary ADR proponents describe problems in both domains as intensively interpersonal - and thus as both private and social, albeit social in a different way. Progressive era dispute processing reformers configured “the social” as a set of preexisting, collective policy concerns that encompassed the family and demanded a specific set of public interventions from the state. By contrast, contemporary ADR reformers have reconfigured “the social” into a set of affective, mutual relationships that individuals can and should build themselves - in the market, as much as in the home. In this sense, the Article argues, contemporary ADR has much in common with popular theories of societal self-regulation that weave together economic self-interest with more open-ended ideas of interdependence, affect, altruism, social capital, and trust. Using modern ADR as a case in point, this Article thus invites readers critically to consider the complex politics and potential distributional effects of contemporary governance regimes that aspire to integrate efficiency and relationality, individualism and altruism, economics and intimacy, the market and the family.


July 28, 2011 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Russian Abortion Law

From Reuters:

Russian lawmakers, worried about a falling birth rate, passed a law on Friday that abortion advertisements must carry a health warning.

Russia has one of the world's highest abortion rates and cutting this could help it stem a demographic disaster that is looming as its population shrinks.

Under the new law approved by the lower house of parliament, 10 percent of the space used in abortion ads must carry a list of possible negative consequences for women, including infertility, RIA news agency reported.

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July 28, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Britain's New Children's Laureate

From BBC:

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson is Britain's new Children's Laureate, it has been announced.

The 62-year-old writer, who was born in London and lives in Glasgow, said she would "relish" the role and would be an "advocate" for reading.

She takes on the two-year post from outgoing laureate Anthony Browne.

Donaldson has written more than 120 books including The Snail And The Whale, A Squash and a Squeeze and the teenage novel, Running On The Cracks.

Her most famous work, The Gruffalo, tells the story of how a cunning mouse outwits the mythical creature and other predators during a walk in the woods.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NY Divorces Up 12% Since No-Fault Introduced

From the Business Review:

Attorneys have seen early signs of the impact of “no-fault” divorce. Last fall, New York became the last state to approve that avenue for ending a marriage.


Divorce filings rose 12 percent in the first seven full months the laws were in effect, compared with the same time period before, according to state court data.

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July 26, 2011 in Divorce (grounds) | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Adult Adoptions


Adult adoptions appear to be rising in America, according to Chuck Johnson, president and CEO of the National Council For Adoption. The advocacy group is the only organization that tallies the number of domestic adoptions taking place in the U.S., said Johnson, though it does not specifically track adult adoptions. Statistics are difficult to compile, experts say, because many states still mandate that adoption court records are sealed and confidential.

“But anecdotally, it does seem to be occurring more frequently,” Johnson said. The most common scenario he sees: former foster children — now adults — who are being adopted by their long-time foster parents. In rare cases, adoption experts say, adults who have lost or are estranged from their biological parents befriend older people who begin to feel like mothers and fathers — and they ultimately seek to legalize that emotional attachment.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Smyth: "Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers"

Gemma Smyth (Univ. of Windsor Faculty of Law) has posted "Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers" on SSRN.  Here is the abstract?

Client interviewing is a cornerstone of lawyer-client relationships, particularly in often high-conflict child protection matters. This practical article focuses on the initial interview of adult clients involved in child protection matters. Part I sets out the social context of interviewing caregivers. Part II describes the theories of client-centred and engaged client-centred lawyering employed throughout the paper. Given the context and theory, Part III sets out four key stages of interviewing that may prove difficult for new lawyers: rapport-building, fact gathering, reality checking and concluding.


July 24, 2011 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)