Family Law Quarterly
Volume 44, No. 4 (Winter 2011)

Review of the Year in Family Law

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Editor's Note     
Linda D. Elrod (Cricket)

A Review of the Year in Family Law: Working Toward More Uniformity in Laws Relating to Families
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. The authors note more international cooperation this year on several topics, including relocation and child abduction. And conclude that legislatures and courts are likely to remain busy for many years in trying to deal with growing caseloads and the redefinition of what is a "family" and who are "parents" and whose law should apply.

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Family Law in the Fifty States 2009-2010: Case Digests

This year's summary of family-law cases covers approximately the period of August 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010. 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, 44 Fam. L.Q. (2011)

    * 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

    * Chart 7—Appointment Laws in Adoption, Guardianship, Unmarried Parent, and Divorce Cases

Annual Survey of Periodical Literature
Nancy Ver Steegh

The Annual Review of Periodical Literature provides a sampling of law review articles published between November 1, 2009, and October 31, 2010. 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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Index to Volume 44
Author and title indexes to volume 44.

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Publication Date: April 2011


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Board of Editors

Editor in Chief
Linda D. Elrod

Associate Editors
Robert G. Spector
Nancy Ver Steegh

Board of Editors
Jeff Atkinson
Elizabeth B. Brandt
Jean N. Crowe
John DeWitt Gregory
Robert J. Levy
J. Thomas Oldham
John J. Sampson
Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV

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

Managing Editor
Deborah Eisel

2010-2011 Student Editorial Staff
Washburn University School of Law

Student Editor-In-Chief
Jennifer L. Lemus

Student Executive Research Editors
Carol Longenecker-Schmidt
Kristin L. Klementowski

Student Senior Editors
Ashley R. Holm
Joshua V. Nicolay
Stacey L. Sheon

Student Junior Editors
Laura Allison
Samuel Feather
Corrine Johnson
Meghan Kelly
Diane Lautt
Kelly Navinksy-Wenzl
L T Obozele
Nicole Revenaugh
Madeline Rogers
Courtney Steele
Dillon Stum
Todd Thomason
Laura Windheuser

Staff Assistants
Penny R. Fell
Shirley Jacobson