February 12, 2019 Feature

Review of the Year 2017–2018 in Family Law: Courts Tackle Immigration, Jurisdiction, and the Usual Family Law Disputes

Linda D. Elrod & Robert G. Spector


The 2017–18 reporting year had relatively little activity by Congress. Federal courts have also been relatively quiet in the family law area, except for abortion, immigration, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases. States, however, continue to hear a seemingly increasing volume of cases. In addition to the usual marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, and division of property disputes, there were several cases dealing with jurisdictional issues this year.

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