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Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien continues his scholarship in the field of family law. Family Law in Perspective (4th edition) was co-authored by O'Brien and is expected to be published on May 14, 2018.

Family Law in Perspective (4th edition)

Walter Wadlington | Raymond C. O'Brien | Robin Fretwell Wilson
Publication Date: 05/14/2018


As with the previous three editions, this book offers an interested reader insights into the ever-changing parameters of family law. Recent approaches to nonmarital cohabitations are discussed, premarital and marital agreements, surrogacy and assisted reproduction in the context of the 2017 Uniform Parentage Age, and the evolution of same-sex marriage after Obergefell v. Hodges. The division of marital property and the presumptive status of child support formulae are discussed, as is federal expansive control over collection procedures. Recent cases and federal and state statutes are provided as illustration and the best interests of the child are defined through cases illustrating custody, termination of parental rights, and the possibility of adoption.

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Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien  

Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien's, Professor of Law, Areas of Expertise

Rights of children

Domestic relations and family law


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