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September 01, 2017

Editor’s Note - Summer/Fall 2017

I’m excited for you to have before you (in hand or on your computer screen) our combined Summer and Fall Issues of the 2017 Family Law Quarterly (FLQ). This combined format gave us an opportunity to save some money on shipping and printing to ensure that we finish out the year with print copies. As I’ve mentioned in previous Editor’s Notes, we are transitioning away from printing FLQ and into a new era of electronic publication, which will allow us to continue getting substantive and (hopefully) helpful content to you without the increasingly prohibitive costs of printing and shipping. The goal, of course, is to make sure the quality does not change even though the format will.

So, in this combined issue, we take on two topics that are appropriate as we prepare to become an entirely electronic publication: topics focused on transition. The first we’re calling “Readying for the Future of Family Law,” which addresses the changing world of family law practice in a time of technological advancement. The second is called “Becoming Adults: How Law and Policy Treat Coming of Age”; it focuses on the delicate line between adulthood and childhood and how the law manages (or fails to manage) the challenges that come with rigid legal definitions as applied to the fluidity of youth and adulthood.

Publishing an issue of FLQ is always a labor of love, so this combined issue has taken twice of the amount of love to wrestle into existence, it seems. Your continued patience as we move into this next phase of FLQ is much appreciated. In the meantime, please let us know what topics you would like to see covered in FLQ and whether you’re willing to write for us on those topics (or others!). You can contact me at [email protected] with thoughts and suggestions.
And so, here it is, in double the glory—our Summer/Fall Issue of FLQ. I hope you find it as informative and instructive as I do!

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Kendra Huard Fershee

Editor in Chief, Family Law Quarterly