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Family Law - Historical Background, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Other Areas, Court Procedures, Cross-references - Conclusion

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Statutes, court decisions, and provisions of the federal and state constitutions that relate to family relationships, rights, duties, and finances.

The law relating to family disputes and obligations has grown dramatically since the 1970s, as legislators and judges have reexamined and redefined legal relationships surrounding DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY, and CHILD SUPPORT. Family law has become entwined with national debates over the structure of the family, gender bias, and morality. Despite many changes made by state and federal legislators, family law remains a contentious area of U.S. law, generating strong emotions from those who have had to enter the legal process.

Conclusion

Family law has become a major component of the U.S. legal system. Attorneys seeking ADMISSION TO THE BAR are being tested on family law subjects, and law schools provide more courses in this field. Many of the social and cultural issues U.S. society debates will ultimately be played out in its family courts.

FURTHER READINGS

Gregory, John De Witt et al. 2001. Understanding Family Law. 2d ed. Newark, N.J.: LexisNexis.

Jasper, Margaret C. 2001 Marriage and Divorce. 2d ed. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana.

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almost 7 years ago

Emotions run high in family law cases simply because
Family Law exceeds it's authority, the US Constitution and basic human rights. Teach generations of American's about the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, and these documents meaning. Then fight wars and dedicate trillions of dollars in support of these documents and ideas. Only to come into
a US court that proceeds to nullify every single idea that this country stands, for is obscene and disgraceful. In particular, when the violations are declared "in the name of the law." The authors of the aforementioned documents designed the framework of the law in such a way as to guarantee what occurs in family court could never happen. But it does every day. You might call this "the two faced rule of law".
Thus, all rule of law has been tossed out the window.
The general population is well aware of this but the legal brains are lost because they are trying to defend
ground that is not defendable. No exacting laws,
an exception to every law to be used by the elite, no logic and no methods to a conclusion just seer brass. The the poor dumb public does not understand. That's at the basis the the public emotion.