Family Law Quarterly
Volume 45, No. 4 (Winter 2012)

Review of the Year in Family Law

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Editor's Note
Linda D. Elrod


A Review of the Year in Family Law: Numbers of Disputes Increase
Linda D. Elrod & Robert G. Spector

The authors examine important family law developments that occurred on the national and international level this year, including Hague Conventions and model acts, as well as actions taken by the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts, and throughout the states in cases running the gamut from family law agreements to torts.

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Family Law in the Fifty States 2010-2011: Case Digests

This year's summary of family-law cases covers approximately the period of August 1, 2010, through August 1, 2011. The case digests are presented in a topical outline framework and alphabetized by state within each topic heading. The summary does not include every case from every jurisdiction but highlights some of the more important ones. The digests are a result of reports submitted in each state by reporters and supplemented by Washburn Law School student staff.

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Charts, 45 Fam. L.Q. (2012)

    * Chart 1—Alimony/Spousal Support Factors

    * Chart 2—Custody Criteria

    * Chart 3—Child Support Guidelines

    * Chart 4—Grounds for Divorce and Residency Requirements

    * Chart 5—Property Division

    * Chart 6—Third-Party Visitation


Annual Survey of Periodical Literature

The Annual Review of Periodical Literature provides a sampling of law review articles published between November 1, 2010, and October 31, 2011. The survey highlights the variety and depth of family law scholarship produced during the year and calls attention to currently debated "hot topics." Readers are encouraged to read articles of interest in their entirety because the summaries included in the survey are necessarily abbreviated.

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Book Review
Family Law and Its Application to the Global Community
The International Survey of Family Law 2011 Edition (Bill Adkins, ed.)
Book Review by David S. Rosettenstein

The International Society of Family Law (ISFL) annually publishes The International Survey of Family Law. This eleventh edition offers twenty-three chapters, contributed by twenty-seven authors or institutions in countries around the world. The book examines how family law is practiced in different jurisdictions and, in addition, as a result of global mobility and political fragmentation and reconstruction how it might affect practice in the U.S. and in the international cases of American practitioners.

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Index to Volume 45
Author and title indexes to volume 45.


Publication Date: May 2012

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Board of Editors


Editor in Chief
Linda D. Elrod


Associate Editor
Robert G. Spector


Board of Editors
Jeff Atkinson
Jean N. Crowe
John DeWitt Gregory
Robert J. Levy
J. Thomas Oldham
John J. Sampson
Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV
Nancy Ver Steegh


Reviewing Editors
Susan Appleton
Patricia M. Hoff
Harry D. Krause
Paul M. Kurtz
Dr. Milfred D. Dale


Managing Editor
Deborah Eisel


2011-2012 Student Editorial Staff
Washburn University School of Law


Student Editor-In-Chief
LeTiffany O. Obozele


Student Executive Research Editors
Samuel R. Feather
Laura E. Windheuser


Student Senior Editors
Laura A. Allison
Corrine E. Johnson
Kelly A. Navinsky-Wenzl
Madeline J. Rogers



Student Junior Editors
Leah N. Bockover
Steven L. Goaslind
Ellen J. Grennier
Benjamin T. Hinkle
Daniel N. Jacob
Anna M. Jumpponen
Lauren M. Schulz
Jordan P. Seckman
Kyle P. Sollars


Staff Assistants
Penny R. Fell
Shirley Jacobson