Oklahoma Family Law -- Cases & Materials (2018 - 2019 ed.) by Professor Robert G. Spector, Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair and Centennial Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law, is the leading family law casebook in Oklahoma.
The substance of family law, and its practice, has changed radically over the last two decades. Once upon a time, the subject of family law was concerned primarily wit the question of when a divorce could be granted and what state could properly grant it. Problems of property division, alimony and child support were minor issues that took little time. Custody of children was normally given to their mothers and fathers received reasonable visitation. The entire area was one that was governed by local state law with little intrusion by the federal government.
Today the focus of family law has totally shifted. The decision of whether to grant a divorce has little importance to the family law practitioner. Rather, the emphasis is on the economic consequences of divorce. The family lawyer must be familiar with such diverse areas as pension analysis, taxation and bankruptcy. Children are no longer routinely placed with their mothers and, therefore, knowledge of child psychology as well as child abuse and neglect is essential for a family law practice. New areas such as the relationship between tort and family law continue to develop. Along with these changes, the federal government has also assumed an active role, particularly in the areas of child support. The emphasis on welfare reform has produced radical changes in the way child support is determined and enforced. Indeed, the entire area of child support is now federally dictated.
This book is designed for the Oklahoma law student as well as the Oklahoma family law practitioner. It provides an introduction to Oklahoma family law and covers most problems that family law attorneys face in their practice. Therefore, whenever an Oklahoma case addresses a family law issue, it is used. Cases from other states are used to present alternative solutions to a problem or, to illustrate a solution if there is no Oklahoma case on point.
The case materials are current through January 2018 and the statutes through the 2017 legislative session.
Published May 2018.