FAMILY LAW GUIDE
This guide was prepared for students working in the Suffolk University Law School Pro Bono Program although some of the resources may be useful to others doing family law research.
Family law covers many areas including domestic relations, divorce, custody and adoption. Many areas of familylaw are governed by state law, but areas of family law may be impacted by federal law and international conventions. This guide introduces some important resources for family law and information on how to find additional materials particular to the legal problem you are researching. Where appropriate this guide links to other guides prepared for the Suffolk University Law School Pro Bono Program or by the Moakley Law Library.
Moakley Law Library Catalog
For additional information on finding general resources, see the General Resources Guide.
Family Law and Practice / Arthur H. Rutkin, general editor. 6 Volumes. M. Bender, 1985-
Law of Domestic Relations in the United States / Homer H. Clark, Jr. 2 Volumes. West Pub. Co. 1988.
Family Law Reporter. Bureau of National Affairs. (Looseleaf)
Family Law in a Nutshell / Harry D. Krause and David D. Meyer. Thomson/West 5th ed. 2007.
Family and Medical Leave in a Nutshell / Kurt H. Decker. West Group 2000.
Family Law in Perspective / Walter Wadlington and Raymond C. O'Brien. Concepts and Insights Series. Foundation Press 2nd ed. 2007.
Family Law: Examples and Explanations / Robert E. Oliphant and Nancy Ver Steegh. Wolters Kluwer 2nd ed. 2007.
Understanding Family Law / John DeWitt Gregory, Peter N. Swisher and Sheryl L. Wolf.
Family Law and Practice: with forms / Charles P. Kindregan, Jr. and Monroe L. Inker. 3 Volumes. Thomson/West 2002-
Massachusetts Domestic Relations / John V. Harvey, Elaine M. Moriarty, Marilynne R. Ryan. Lexis Nexis 2003. 2 Volumes.
Handbook of Massachusetts Family Law / Gerald D. McLellan. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Pub. 1999-.
Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual / Phyllis E. Federico and Peter F. Zupcofska, eds. Boston, MA: MCLE, 2008.
Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Forms / Ruth R. Budd and Peter F. Zupcofska, eds. Boston, MA: MCLE, 2000.
Adoptive and Reproductive Technology Law in Massachusetts / Susan L. Crockin, ed. Boston, MA: MCLE, 2000.
Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Section
Boston Bar Association Family Law Section
Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries: Massachusetts Law About
Legal Information Institute (Cornell)
Syracuse University College of Law Family Law and Social Policy Center
Findlaw: Legal Subjects: Family Law
Hieros Gamos: Family and Elder Law
Links to Massachusetts and Federal statutes and regulations are to free sources of law. These sources may not be updated frequently and are unannotated.
Family law in Massachusetts is primarily governed by the following chapters of Massachusetts General Laws:
Primary source materials for family law practice can also be found in two single volume collections: Kindregan and Inker's Massachusetts Domestic Relations Rules and Statutes Annotated (2010) Law Reading Room and Law Reserve KFM2494.A29 K56 2010 and Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook & Citator (2009), compiled by Michael L. Leshin and Phyllis E. Federico (2009) Law Reserve KFM2494.A29 M375 (2009).
Eyster v. Pechenik, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 773 (2008)
For more information on the Massachusetts Courts see the Massachusetts Case Finding Guide.
Child Support Recovery Act of 1992 Pub. L. No. 102-521, 18 U.S.C. 228
Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Oct. 25, 1980, 19 I.L.M. 1501 (1980)
If you have questions or comments, please email: Ellen Delaney, Reference Librarian
Created: January 6, 2011.
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