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What is a family? Grandparents, mom, dad, and kids around a Thanksgiving turkey? An egg mother, a womb mother, a sperm donor, and their mutual child? Two gay men caring for their adopted son? In this provocative essay, a leading American legal historian argues that laws about family are increasingly laws about individuals and their right to make their own, sometimes contentious, choices.

Drawing on many revealing and sometimes colorful court cases of the past two centuries, Private Lives offers a lively short history of the complexities of family law and family life--including the tensions between the laws on the books and contemporary arrangements for marriage, divorce, adoption, and child rearing. Informal common-law marriage was once widely accepted as a means to regularize property arrangements, but it declined as the state asserted its authority to dictate who could marry and reproduce. In the twentieth century, state attempts to control private life were swept away, most famously in the creation of "no-fault" divorce, a system in which laws that made divorce nearly unattainable were circumvented.

Private life, the author argues, as a legitimate sphere, was once basically confined to life in nuclear families; but the modern law of "privacy" extends the accepted zone of intimate relations. The omnipresence of the media and our fascination with celebrity test the boundaries of public and private life. Meanwhile, laws about cohabitation and civil unions, among others, suggest that family and commitment, in their many forms, remain powerful ideals.

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Drawing on many revealing and sometimes colorful court cases of the past two centuries, Private Lives offers a lively short history of the complexities of family law and family life--including the tensions between the laws on the books and contemporary arrangements for marriage, divorce, adoption, and child rearing.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University and author of many books, including A History of American Law, Crime and Punishment in American History, and American Law in the Twentieth Century.

Stanford University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Family Law in Context: An Introduction

2. Marriage and Divorce in the Nineteenth Century

3. Marriage and Divorce in the Modern World

4. Who Are Our Children? Adoption, Custody, and Related Issues

5. Privacy and the Republic of Choice Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674015623
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence M.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Domestic Relations - General
Subject:
Domestic relations
Subject:
Family Law - General
Subject:
Domestic relations -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Law-Divorce and Child Custody
Subject:
Law : Family Law - Marriage
Subject:
Law-Family Law - Children
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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