Archivist and Principle Researcher, University of Illinois
The input of Social Science is beginning to be taken seriously by Family Law. This is important since law is inherently regressive. It relies on past case law to inform current rulings.
The guiding principle of Family Law is "best interests of the child."
However, how can past case law alone help define a child's best interest when we are learning each year new things about child developmental processes and needs?