This chapter focuses on recent changes in the structure and characteristics of the families who interact with the new paradigm of family dispute resolution. These changes include the decline of marriage and the resulting increase in non-marital families with parenting disputes, the prevalence of stepfamilies, the increase in grandparent and other non-parental caretakers of children, the rise of gay and lesbian families, and the sharp increase in pro se parties in family court. The chapter also explores the mismatch between the complex realities of today's families and the more simplistic assumptions that underlie the new paradigm. Although the new paradigm aims to offer a new vision for the resolution of family conflict, it leaves largely unexamined the models of family and intimate relationships on which the traditional, adversary model was based. As a result, the new paradigm assumes a family structure that is both more static and more homogeneous than today's reality.
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