Children and the Law Posts

Distinguishing Family Poverty from Child Neglect

This Article identifies a range of changes which would improve the legal system’s ability to distinguish poverty from neglect, by both eradicating long-standing legal rules which confuse poverty and neglect, and establishing more radical rules that would reverse the historical division between neglect cases and anti-poverty financial supports.

Pragmatic Family Law

In many areas, family law has managed to avoid polarization. Instead, states are converging on similar rules and policies, working toward consensus on once-divisive issues. What ties together these widespread but underappreciated patterns of convergence, depolarization, and nonpartisan pluralism? This Article argues that a deep, underlying commonality is a pragmatic method of decision- and policymaking.

2023 Children and the Law Symposium

The University of Chicago Law School is hosting the ‘2023 Law Review Symposium: Children and the Law,’ on the Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law project.

Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World: The Impact of COVID-19 on Custody Disputes

This article examines the impact of COVID-19 on child custody disputes, focusing primarily on child custody modification determinations and the enforcement of visitation rights. It examines how the pandemic influenced the role of the court in interjecting notions of public health concerns when resolving parental disputes.

Constituting and Reconfiguring Families

The chapter explores how courts have addressed complex questions about family relations as emerging technologies and shifting social norms have altered what family structures look like across the globe.

October 2022 Council Meeting Updates

At its meeting on October 20 and 21, 2022, the Council reviewed and discussed Council Drafts of five projects and approved drafts and portions of drafts as listed.