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Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution

Jane C. Murphy and Jana B. Singer

Abstract

Over the past thirty years, there has been a dramatic shift in the way the legal system approaches and resolves family disputes. Traditionally, family law dispute resolution was based on an “adversary” system: two parties and their advocates stood before a judge who determined which party was at fault in a divorce and who would be awarded the rights in a custody dispute. Now, many family courts are opting for a “problem-solving” model in which courts attempt to resolve both legal and non-legal issues. At the same time, American families have changed dramatically. Divorce rates have leveled off ... More

Keywords: family disputes, family law, legal dispute resolution, divorce, families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814708934
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708934.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane C. Murphy, author

Jana B. Singer, author