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October 11, 2019 Columns

Introduction: A Selection of Various and Important Family Law Topics

Kendra Huard Fershee, Editor in Chief

Throughout the more than thirty years that Family Law Quarterly has been published, most of the issues have been compiled based on a theme. Occasionally there are a variety of topics that are important and in need of publication, but they don’t necessarily fit neatly into a topical issue. This issue falls into that category. And, as you can see, it’s a hefty issue, with seven articles on various topics that will hopefully be of interest to you!

The issue starts out with two extremely practical and timely articles about postmarital agreements (one by Linda Ravdin and another by Michael Mosberg and Patricia Kindregan), which are becoming more common but perhaps not widely understood. Justin Miller has tackled how tax reform that took effect on January 1, 2019, will impact divorce settlements. Nigel Lowe and Victoria Stephens have explored in depth how the Hague Abduction Convention has actually operated over the course of thirty-five years. And Tom Oldham and Bruce Smyth have compared how child support enforcement works in America and Australia to determine whether punishment or persuasion is more effective in ensuring payment to child support recipients. Geri Sjoquist has written about the doctrine of intentional parenthood in Minnesota, which she felt compelled to do as a practitioner who has witnessed firsthand the changes that have gone into effect recently. Finally, Stephanie Barclay has reviewed Robin Fretwell Wilson’s book, The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law.

The diversity of topics in this issue will hopefully allow readers to find at least one that is useful, of interest, or of import. The Family Law Quarterly Editorial Board certainly found them all to be so.

Kendra Huard Fershee

Editor in Chief

Family Law Quarterly

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Kendra Huard Fershee, Editor in Chief

Professor, Creighton University School of Law