Research guides

Principles of the Law

Family Dissolution

Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution offers "guidance to legislatures as well as to courts" on the "legal consequences of marital dissolution: child custody, child support, distribution of marital property, and compensatory payments to former spouses." It "offers a legal framework that can accommodate the different choices people make and the different expectations they bring to their family relationships. It attempts to treat wives, husbands, and children fairly when the family dissolves, recognizing that, in this diverse society, the achievement of fairness differs depending on the individuals, their choices, and their expectations." Director's Foreword to Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (2002).

Jenkins has access to the Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution in print, on the library's Westlaw computers, and on the member database HeinOnline. Drafts and case annotations may also be available. See below to find out more about this Principle of the Law and how to access it.

Member Databases

The member database HeinOnline includes access to the Principles of the Law and their annotations. Many drafts may also be available on HeinOnline. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access this database. HeinOnline is also available in the library. See below for more information.

Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution: Analysis and Recommendations

        • Direct Access: Family Dissolution
        • Once in HeinOnline, select American Law Institute Library > Restatements & Principles of the Law > Family Dissolution: Analysis and Recommendations
        • Annotations are found in the 2015 Cumulative Annual Pocket Part and Case Citations files. The Case Citations files are not cumulative. To be thorough, researchers should check all Case Citations files dated after the 2015 Cumulative Annual Pocket Part.
        • Drafts are located below the case citations. Includes Preliminary, Council, Tentative, and Proposed Final Drafts.

Onsite Westlaw

Westlaw, available in the library, includes access to the Principles of the Law. When available, case annotations follow the text of the Principle section. Westlaw indicates the currency of these annotations in the update information found above the Principle section.

Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution: Analysis and Recommendations

        • Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
        • Once in Westlaw, from the Content types tab, select Secondary Sources > Restatements & Principles of the Law > Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution: Analysis & Recommendations
        • Archive materials (drafts) not available on Westlaw.

Print

Jenkins collects the Principles of the Law in print format. In print, case annotations to Principles of the Law can be found in the annual pocket parts located in the back inside "pocket" of each volume. Depending on the date of pocket part, additional case citations may be available in the most recent Interim Case Citations to the Restatements of the Law. Select drafts may also be available in either print or microfiche format.

Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution: Analysis and Recommendations American Law Institute
(KF535 .A54 2002)

        • Jenkins has select drafts in print and on microfiche in the library. Search the Jenkins' catalog for "American Law Institute" "family dissolution" draft* for a full list of available drafts.