January 4, 2018

Family Science Adjunct Professor Kerry Tripp’s textbookbook Family Law for Non-Lawyers has been released in its second edition. The book uses current events and recent Supreme Court cases to illustrate the complexities of the field of family law. Topics covered in the book include divorce, custody, child support, same-sex marriage, and birth control.

"Family Law is a hot area of the law right now,” says Dr. Tripp. “It is changing at a breakneck pace. With the magnitude of the changes, it is like the racial decisions were in the 60's. When I was writing the prior revision of Family Law for Non-Lawyers, the Supreme Court had just heard the oral arguments on marriage equality. By the time the book was off to the publisher, a month later the Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that marriage was a fundamental right for everyone, including same-sex couples. A family law book that doesn't include such a watershed decision was out of date, so I started my rewrites for the second edition shortly after that.

“Of course the new book looks at the impact of the ruling, too. For example, is it OK for a baker to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple based on an alleged religious objection? These are really interesting issues and I think they draw readers and students in."

The book is available for purchase through Amazon and Cognella Academic Publishing.

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