Vol. 37, No. 4, Winter 2004
A Review of the Year in Family Law

Linda D. Elrod & Robert G. Spector, A Review of the Year in Family Law: Children's Issues Remain the Focus, 37 FAM. L.Q. 527 (2004)

This article provides a brief review of pertinent cases in family law between August 2002 and August 2003. Many interesting issues emerge, from relocation of children and disestablishment of paternity to avoid paying child support to some controversial premarital agreements.Over the past decade, a shift has occurred from appellate cases dealing with alimony and property issues to cases focusing on children's issues, from abduction, adoption, children in need of care, child support, paternity, relocation, and third-party visitation. In addition, a number of cases deal with ethical problems of attorneys, perhaps a reflection of the growth in the practice of family law as a specialty area and the increasing numbers of attorneys practicing in this area.

Charts, 37 Fam. L.Q. 577 (2003)

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.

For details, see Charts: Summarizing the Laws in the 50 States

Family Law in the Fifty States 2002-2003 Case Digests, 37 Fam. L.Q. 585 (2003)

This year's summary of family law cases covers approximately the period of August 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003. 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 cases. The digests are a result of reports submitted in each state by reporters and supplemented by Washburn Law School student staff.

Paul Kurtz, Annual Survey of Periodical Literature, 37 Fam. L.Q. 727 (2003)

The Sixteenth Annual Survey of Periodical Literature covers the period from approximately November 1, 2002, to November 1, 2003. It is not intended to be encyclopedic and no hidden messages should be derived from the inclusion or exclusion of any particular article. This survey is designed to provide a substantial sampling and brief description of the family law literature during the relevant time period, which might be of interest to the bench, bar and legal academia.

FLQ Index to Volume 37, 37 Fam. L.Q. 809 (2003).

This comprehensive index to the articles included in this volume is alphabetic by author and by title.

Publication date April 28, 2004