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Cf. Lynn D. Wardle, "No-Fault Divorce and the Divorce Conundrum," Brigham Young University Law Review 1991: 79-142.

Laura Sanchez and Steven Nock, et al., "Social and Demographic Factors
Associated with Couples Choice between Covenant and Standard Marriage in
Louisiana," available at

Laura A. Sanchez, Steven L. Nock, and James D. Wright, "The Implementation
of Covenant Marriage in Louisiana," Virginia Journal of Social Policy and
the Law 9 (December, 2000): 192-223.

I think the existing order is alphabetical, within broad categories -- I
think one category is divorce reform and the other one is loosely related to
arguments for divorce reform.

Also, if you have LEXIS or something similar, could you get me a copy of the
Brian Bix article?

Brian H. Bix "State Interest and Marriage : The Theoretical Perspective," 32
Hofstra Law Review 93 (2003).

Margaret F. Brinig "The Role of Socioeconomics in Teaching Family Law," 41
San Diego Law Review 177 (2004).

Margaret F. Brinig, "Unhappy Contracts: The Case of Divorce," 1 Review of
Law and Economics 241 (2005), at <>
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Margaret F. Brinig (with co-author) "What Does Covenant Mean For
Relationships?," 18 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 137

Allen M. Parkman, "The Contractual Alternative to Marriage," 32 Northern
Kentucky Law Review 125 (2005).

Lynn D. Wardle "Marriage and Domestic Violence in the United States: New
Perspectives About Legal Strategies to Combat Domestic Violence," 15 Saint
Thomas Law Review 791 (2003).

Peter McEleavy "The Communitarisation of Divorce Rules: What impact for
English and Scottish Law," International and Comparative Law Quarterly
605-642 (2004).

Mi-Kuyng Cho "Di Scheidungsgründe im Deutschen Ehescheidungsrecht (The
Grounds for Divorce in German Law)," 4 Asian Women Law 7 (June 2001).

Tsaoussis-Hatzis, Aspasia, "The Greek Divorce Law Reform of 1983 and Its
Impact on Homemakers"nt. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, 2003, 357 pp.

Tsaoussis-Hatzis, Aspasia, "Strengthening The Ties that Bind: Proposals for
a Child-Centered European Divorce Law," Perspectives for the Univication and
Harmonisation of Family Law in Europe, Intersentia, p. 271-299.

"Marriage Contracts" chapter of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, by Anthony W. Dnes. Download PDF

Allen M. Parkman, Bringing Consistency to the Financial Arrangements at
Divorce, 87 Kentucky Law Journal 51-93 (1998-99)

Allen M. Parkman, "Reforming Divorce Reform," 41 Santa Clara Law Review 379 (2001)

Barbara Stark, Marriage Proposals: From One-Size-Fits-All to Postmodern Marriage Law, 89 California Law Review 1479 (October 2001)

Margaret F. Brinig & Steven L. Nock, What Does Covenant Mean for Relationships? 18 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 137 (2004)

Margaret F. Brinig, "'Money Can't Buy Me Love': A Contrast Between Damages in Family Law and Contract," 27 Journal of Corporation Law 567 (2002).

A Review of Family Law and the Pursuit of Intimacy by Milton C. Regan,Jr.
Reviewed by Margaret F. Brinig. 79 Cornell L. Rev. 1573 September, 1994

Chauncey E. Brummer, "The Shackles of Covenant Marriage: Who Holds the Keys
to Wedlock?", University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review 25: 2 (Winter
2003), 261-300.

Elizabeth Scott, "Rational Decisionmaking in Marriage and Divorce," 76 Va. L.Rev. 9 (1990)

Elizabeth Scott and Robert E. Scott, Marriage as a Relational Contract,
84 Virginia Law Review 1225-1334 (1998)

Friedberg, Leora, "Did Unilateral Divorce Raise Divorce Rates: Evidence From Panel Data", 88 Am. Econ. R. 608-627 (1998)

Haas, Rationality and Enforceability of Contractual Rrestrictions on Divorce, 66 N. Car. L. Rev. 879 (1988)

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAW May 1998, -- Emma Hartley, Contractual Freedom Within the Family (pages 39-42)

Vol. 11, No. 2 (August 1997), Ira Mark Ellman, The Misguided Movement to Revive Fault Divorce, and Why Reformers Should Look Instead to the American Law Institute

J. Herbie DiFonzo, Alternatives to Marital Fault: Legislative and
Judicial Experiments in Cultural Change, 34 Idaho Law Review 1-60
(Winter 1997)

Jason Andrew Macke, Of Covenants and Conflicts: When "I do" Means More
Than It Used to, But Less than You Thought, 59 Ohio State Law Journal
1377-1422 (1998)

John Crouch, unpublished, Covenant Marriage Reformers Should Listen to Divorce Lawyers -- Carefully

Joseph Lee Rodgers, et al., "Did No-Fault Divorce Legislation Matter? Definitely Yes and Sometimes No," 61 J. Marriage & Fam. 803, 804 (1999).

Katherine Shaw Spaht, Revolution and Counter-Revolution: the Future of Marriage in the Law, 49 Loyola Law Review 1 (2003).

Katherine Spaht, "For the Sake of the Children: Recapturing the Meaning of Marriage", 73 Notre Dame L.R. 1547 (July 1998)

Katherine Shaw Spaht, Louisiana's Covenant Marriage: Social Analysis and
Legal Implications, 59 Louisiana Law Review 63-130 (1998)

Katherine Shaw Spaht & Symeon C. Symeonide, Covenant Marriage and the Law of Conflict of Laws, 32 Creighton Law Review No. 4 (1998-99) page 1085: Interjurisdictional Marriage Recognition Symposium (Part II)

Lynn D. Wardle, Is Marriage Obsolete?, 10 Michigan Journal of Gender & the Law 189 (2003).

Lynn Wardle, Divorce Violence and the No-Fault Divorce Culture, Utah Law Review, 741

Lynn D. Wardle, Divorce Reform at the Turn of the Millennium: Certainties and Possibilities . 33 ABA Fam. Law Q. No. 3, (Fall 1999) pages 783-800. The prospects for divorce reform in the next century.

Lynn Wardle, No-fault Divorce and the Divorce Conundrum; ___ BYU Law Rev., 79, 130 (1991)

Marvell, Divorce Rates and the Fault Requirement, 23 Law & Soc. Rev. 543, 546 (1989)

No-Fault Marital Dissolution: The Bitter Triumph of Naked Divorce
J. HERBIE DiFONZO 31 San Diego L. Rev. 519 Spring, 1994

Market Discourse and Moral Neutrality in Divorce Law
by Milton-C. Regan 1994 Utah L. Rev. 605

Martin Zelder, "The Economic Analysis of the Effect of No-Fault Divorce Law on the Divorce Rate", 16 Harvard J. Law & Pub. Pol. 241 (Winter 1993)

On Marriage-Stabilizing Legal Techniques, by Hans Hattenhauer. 36 Zeitschrift für das gesamte Familienrecht, p. 225 (March 1989)

The Privatization of Marriage, by Hans Hattenhauer. 1985 ZRP Heft 7, p. 200.

Robert M. Gordon, The Limits of the Limits on Divorce, 107 Yale Law Journal 1435-1465 (March 1998)

Scott, Rehabilitating Liberalism in Modern Divorce Law, 1994 Utah LR 687

Sean E. Brotherson and Jeffrey B. Teichert, "Value of the Law in Shaping Social Perspectives on Marriage", 3 U. of Utah Jnl. L. & Fam. Stud. 23

Sean Brotherson, "The Normative Value of Law Related to Social Perspectives on Marriage," Journal of Law and Family Studies. (circa 2001)

Steven L. Nock, et. al, Covenant Marriage Turns Five Years Old, 10 Michigan Journal of Gender & the Law, 169 (2003).

Susan Hager, Nostalgic Attempts to Recapture What Never Was: Louisiana's Covenant Marriage Act, 77 Nebraska Law Review 567-587 (1998)

Thomas B. Marvell, "Divorce Rates and the Fault Requirement," Law and Society Review 23 (1989)

12 Regent University Law Review No. 1 (1999-2000): Entire issue devoted to Covenant Marriage:
Katherine Shaw Spaht, Marriage: Why a Second Tier Called Covenant Marriage?
Margaret Brinig and Steven Nock, Covenant and Contract
Tony Perkins, Covenant Marriage: A Legislator's Perspective
Lynne Marie Kohm, A Comparative Survey of Covenant Marriage Proposals in the United States
David M. Wagner, The Constitution and Covenant Marriage Legislation: Rumors of a Constitutional Right to Divorce Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Marie Summerlin Hamm, Opportuning Virtue: The Binding Ties of Covenant Marriage Examined
Michele Brewer Brooks, The Biblical View of Marriage: Covenant Relationship
Samuel Pyeatt Menefee, The "Sealed Knot": A Prelminary Bibliography of "Covenant Marriage"

Note, Who Pays for Guilt?: Recent Fault-Based Divorce Reform Proposals, Cultural Stereotypes and Economic Consequences, 40 Boston College Law Review 611 (March 1999)

Eric V. Wicks, "Fault-Based Divorce 'Reforms,' Archaic Survivals, and Ancient Lessons." 46 Wayne L. Rev. 1565 (2000).

INDIANA LAW JOURNAL Volume 73 Number 2 Spring 1998
ARTICLE: Lifting the Veil of Ignorance: Personalizing the Marriage Contract, by Eric Rasmusen & Jeffrey Evans Stake, p. 453
RESPONSES: The New Marriage Contract and the Limits of Private Ordering, by Gregory S. Alexander, p. 503
Toward Contractual Choice in Marriage, by J. Mark Ramseyer p. 511
Choice, Dependence, and the Reinvigoration of the Traditional Family, by Kathryn Abrams p. 517
Jeffrey Evans Stake, Martha Fineman, Akhil Reed Amar, Regina Austin, Thomas S. Ulen, and Michael Grossberg p. 535

Forthcoming, Marriage and Divorce: An Economic Perspective, edited by Anthony Dnes and Robert Rowthorn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

REVITALIZING the INSTITUTION of MARRIAGE for the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, (eds., Hawkins, Wardle & Coolidge)(Praeger Publishers 2002)


Lawrence M. Friedman, "A Dead Language: Divorce Law and Practice Before No-Fault." 86 Va. L. Rev. 1497 (2000).

Tiffany N. Lee, "Divorce and Dissolution." 2 Geo. J. Gender & L. 347 (2001)


AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FAMILY LAW Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer 1998) -- Lois V. Nightingale, How to Manage an Enraged Divorcing Parent

Lynn A. Baker & Robert E. Emery, When Every Relationship is Above Average, 17 L. & Hum. Beh. 439, 444 (1993)

Blau, Francine et al. 2000. "Understanding Young Women's Marriage Decisions: The Role of Labor and Marriage Market Conditions," Industrial Labor Relations Review, 53 (4): 624-48. July.

Brian Bix, Bargaining in the Shadow of Love: The Enforcement of
Pre-Marital Agreements and How We Think About Marriage
40 William & Mary Law Review (Fall 1998)

Divorce and Domicile: Time to Sever the Knot, by Rhonda Wasserman
39 William & Mary Law Review 1 (October1997)

Edin, Kathryn. 2000. "Few Good Men: Why Low-Income Single Mothers Don't Get Married," American Prospect, 11(4): 26-31.

Ghada G. Qaisi, A Student Note: Religious Marriage Contracts: Judicial Enforcement of Mahr Agreements in American Courts, 15 Journal of Law and Religion 67 (2001)

Jeffrey Evans Stake, Paternalism in the Law of Marriage, 74 Indiana Law Journal 801 (Summer 1999) 

John J. Sampson, Bringing the Court to Heel: Substituting Legislative Policy for Judicial Discretion, 33 ABA Fam. Law Q. No. 3, (Fall 1999) pages 565-580: An irreverent but very informative description of divorce lawyers' and judges' role in family law reform.

Katherine B. Silbaugh, Marriage Contracts and the Family Economy, 93 Northwestern University Law Review 65-143 (1998)

Marc S. Cwik, The Agunah Divorce Problem in Jewish Society: Exploring the Possibility of an International Law Solution, 17 Wisconsin International Law Journal 109-144 (1999)

Nicole Licata, "Should Premarital Counseling be Mandatory as a Requisite to Obtaining a Marriage License?" 40 Family Court Review 518 (October 2002).

William J. Goode, "Family Changes Over the Long Term: A Sociological Commentary," Journal of Family History, 28[2003]: 15-30


Sanford N. Katz, "Individual Rights and Family Relationships" in Sanford N. Katz, John Eekelaar & Mavis MacLean, Cross Currents, Family Law and Policy in the US and England (Oxford University Press 2000).

Margaret F. Brinig, "In Search of Prince Charming," 4 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 321 (2001).

Margaret F. Brinig, Empirical Work in Family Law, 2002 University of Illinois Law Review 1083.

Gillian Douglas, "Marriage, Cohabitation, and Parenthood: From Contract to Status?" in Sanford N. Katz, John Eekelaar & Mavis MacLean, Cross Currents, Family Law and Policy in the US and England (Oxford University Press 2000).

William C. Duncan, "'Don't Ever Take a Fence Down': The 'Functional Definition of Family--Displacing Marriage in Family Law," 3 The Journal of Law & Family Studies 57 (2001).

Elizabeth S. Scott, "Social Norms and the Legal Regulation of Marriage," 86 Virginia Law Review 1901 (2000).

Walter J. Wadlington, Jr., "Marriage: An Institution in Transition and Redefinition" in Sanford N. Katz, John Eekelaar & Mavis MacLean, Cross Currents, Family Law and Policy in the US and England (Oxford University Press 2000).

Lynn D. Wardle, "Relationships Between Family and Government," 31 California Western International Law Journal 1 (2001).

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