Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Breakup rules not accepted

Cheryl Wetzstein

Sometimes a cure can look worse than the problem. That seems to be the case with a massive legal guidebook on how to handle family breakups in our brave new world.

When the 1,187-page “Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution” was published by the prestigious American Law Institute in 2002, it was assumed that courts and lawmakers would snap it up. After all, it offered unprecedented guidance for vexing problems with child custody, support and property distribution among unmarried and same-sex couples.

But apparently, the institute's principles are too progressive for America's judges and lawmakers.


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