The American family today looks very different than the American family of two decades ago. Adults are living together in committed relationships within and without marriage (either by choice or because the applicable law does not permit marriage). Many children are being raised by a single parent, stepparent, grandparent, or a partner (same or opposite sex) who is not married to the biological parent. Further complicating this picture are the expanding horizons in adoption and artificial reproductive technologies. Our highly mobile society makes these issues even more challenging. American law, which developed around the traditional notion of family, is now in flux. Some would even say in chaos. This seminar will consider these subjects from the perspective of family law and estate and trust law.
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