I am pleased to introduce our annual Year in Review issue that surveys 2022 court decisions and changes in state statutory law from across the country. Earlier this year we published Family Law and the Supreme Court, 2022–23, with articles about the 2022 cases Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and Golan v. Saada, as well as the then-pending cases Haaland v. Brackeen and 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis. In Review of the Law in the 50 States in 2022: U.S. Supreme Court Shakes up Family Law Policy, Family Law Quarterly (FLQ) Editor Emeritus Professor Linda Elrod discusses these cases as well as many 2022 state court cases on a wide range of family law topics. Professor Robert G. Spector writes about the Golan decision and other U.S. trial and appellate court decisions under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in 2022 in Hague Return Proceedings.
Changes in state family law legislation are highlighted in Charts 2022: Family Law in the Fifty States, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and are discussed in detail in the article New Family Law Statutes in 2022: Selected State Legislation. The charts were updated and the article was written by FLQ editors at New York Law School (NYLS) under the leadership of Executive Law-in-50 Editors Barbara E. Smith ’23 and Dylan Havlak ’23 and Student Editor in Chief Caroline Shea ’23. Congratulations to all NYLS student editors for their work in researching, writing, and editing for this issue.
New features for this issue include a revised layout design for the Charts and the keys to the charts. Congratulations and thank you to ABA Managing Editor Susan Lorimor, Director of Digital Publishing Kyle Kolbe, and Copy Editors Betsy Blumenthal and Sheila Sybrant for their work in producing this issue and enhancing the design. Thank you also to the FLQ Board of Editors; the ABA Family Law Section Council and 2022–23 Chair Thad F. Woody; Family Law Section Director Cindy Swan and Associate Director Danielle Pruger; NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell, Dean of Faculty William P. LaPiana, and Senior Associate Dean Matt Gewolb; the NYLS faculty, administration, and staff; and Diane and Arthur Abbey.
Finally, I want to thank Judge Lynda B. Munro (ret.), who has stepped down from the FLQ Board of Editors after contributing to the journal for nearly one decade. Judge Munro offered unique perspectives rooted in her innovative work with the Connecticut judiciary, where she served with the Regional Family Trial Docket and as Chief Administrative Judge for Family Matters. She also brought to FLQ insights from her extensive litigation and ADR experience. Judge Munro co-authored two wonderful articles for FLQ (Administrative Divorce Trends and Implications (2016) and Our Virtual Reality: Facing the Constitutional Dimensions of Virtual Family Court (2021)), and was an acclaimed speaker at FLQ’s first Symposium event in 2021. Congratulations and many thanks to Judge Munro!
We hope you enjoy this issue and welcome your feedback. Best wishes to you and your families.
Lisa F. Grumet
Editor in Chief, Family Law Quarterly
Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families
Professor of Law
New York Law School