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Family Law: Primary materials - Domestic

This resource guide is intended to assist students conduct research relevant to their work in the Family Law Seminar. Additional materials are available; please stop by the reference desk or make an appointment with a librarian for further assistance.

Westlaw State Surveys

50 State Survey: Family Laws

The database contains compilations of statutes and regulations in selected family law topics. Uses data from the Leiter book (below), but adds additional content.

National Survey of State Laws

Subject Compilations of State Laws

Available both in book and online formats, this resource tracks partial and full compilations of state laws appearing in American law review articles. Includes both broad and more refined family law subjects and may be searched by year, making it an extremely useful resource for the family law researcher.

Compliations on the Web

ABA's Family Law in the 50 States

ABA Charts detailing state statutes for various aspects of family law.

Legal Information Institute's Family Law - State Statutes

Links from the LII to state codes by subject area.

National Conference of State Legislatures: Child Support & Family Law

Issue overviews for various hot topics.

National Conference of State Legislatures: Defense of Marriage Acts and Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Provides current, key information about relevant state laws, including historical and current ballot initiatives

Uniform Law Commission         

Contains the completed Acts, draft materials, enacted status information, and legislative tracking.

LII's Uniform Matrimonial and Family Laws Locator

Locator links to state laws which correspond to uniform laws.

Other Routes to Finding Primary Materials

Bloomberg/BNA's Family Law Reporter

The only available weekly family law information service providing a roundup of developments from across the nation, Family Law Reporter is a reliable guide to important new federal and state cases, legislation, trends, and issues.

What it helps you do:

  • Learn about court decisions, legislative and regulatory news, and other developments in key areas of family law from across the country with this one-of-a-kind resource.
  • Find information on a multitude of state and federal issues, especially when the law in your state isn’t settled or precedent is against you.
  • Keep informed about family law matters before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Depend on Bloomberg BNA’s expert analysis to interpret legal trends and developments.
  • Understand what litigation strategies are working, which arguments the courts are accepting, and which they’re rejecting.
  • Rely on BNA Insights articles written by expert practitioners for additional analysis and essential data.
  • Get quick access to essential source materials, including links to the full text of all cases covered as well as other statutory and regulatory material.
  • Ensure that you never miss a critical legal development.

Bloomberg/BNA's US Law Week Circuit Split column

This monthly column is invaluable to law students and legal scholars alike, searching for ideas to write about. Primary subjects are indicated, including the rare family law issue.

Uniform Laws Annotated

West Digest Topics

The West Digest of American Law contains thousands of topics and sub-topics (a.k.a. "key numbers") relevant to family law research. Any search for relevant American case law should include a thorough scouring of these subjects. Major topic headings include: Abortion and Birth Control, Adoption, Adultery, Bigamy, Child Custody, Child Support, Child-Out-Of-Wedlock, Divorce, Dower and Curtesy, and the list goes on.

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