April 2013 Vol. 111 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Family History: Inside and Out

Kerry Abrams

The twenty-first century has seen the dawn of a new era of the family, an era that has its roots in the twentieth. Many of the social and scientific phenomena of our time-same-sex couples, in vitro fertilization, single-parent families, international adoption-have inspired changes in the law. Legal change has encompassed both constitutional doctrine and statutory innovations, from landmark Supreme Court decisions articulating a right to procreate (or not), a liberty interest in the care, custody, and control of one's children, and even a right to marry, to state no-fault divorce statutes that have fundamentally changed the way married couples dissolve their legal relationships. But thus far, no legal scholar has attempted to write a comprehensive history of twentieth-century family law. To be sure, many excellent books have been written on particular aspects of the twentieth-century story. Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America, by Joanna Grossman and Lawrence Friedman, however, is the first book to my knowledge that attempts to provide a comprehensive social history of twentieth-century family law in the United States.

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