Tag Archives: Family Law

Shaping Expectations About Dads as Caregivers: Toward an Ecological Approach

A growing number of men are embracing childcare responsibilities traditionally associated with women, such as swaddling and singing to a fussy infant to coax her into slumber; preparing a child’s meals; cleaning messes made by a child; doing a child’s … Continue reading

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Black Boys Matter: Developmental Equality

The American Dream is one of equality and opportunity; the ability to succeed and be whoever and whatever one wants to be, limited only by one’s own drive and talent. But for Black boys, this is not the reality. As … Continue reading

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The Lost Ones of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

Nine-year-old Samantha and her younger brother were removed from their parents’ home by child welfare officials of the State of Washington. Already having gone through the trauma of being torn from their home, the children’s experience would soon worsen.2 That … Continue reading

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“Can I Take the Normal One?” Unregulated Commercial Surrogacy and Child Abandonment

In the United States, one out of every twelve heterosexual couples is involuntarily infertile, causing devastating emotional and physical impacts on their personal and familial goals. One woman described the inability to have a child as leaving her “barren, decrepit, … Continue reading

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Families Now: What We Don’t Know Is Hurting Us

Almost twenty years ago, the Hofstra Law Review published Marriage, Divorce, and the Family: A Cautionary Tale. It was an adaptation of a speech I made as the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship Lecturer for 1992 to 93. The … Continue reading

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