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41 Fam. Ct. Rev. 5 (2003)

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   This special issue focuses on Troxel v. Granville,' the most important U.S. Supreme Court
decision on family law in recent years. Troxel raises the question of the extent to which par-
ents have a constitutional right to raise their children free from state intrusion designed to
serve the best interests of children. The context of Troxel was a visitation dispute between
grandparents and a biological mother. The mother's core claim was that the trial court's order
granting more visits to the grandparents than the mother was prepared to offer infringed her
constitutionally protected right to raise her children without interference from the state.
   The Supreme  Court agreed with the mother that the trial court's order was unconstitu-
tional. The multiplicity of views expressed by the justices shows that the Court is deeply
divided over the scope of constitutional protection for parental autonomy, reflecting divi-
sions in our national culture and political life.
   This special issue brings together lawyers and mental health professionals to discuss
Troxelfrom the diverse perspectives of different disciplines that Family Court Review (FCR)
readers expect. Our guest editor is Michael C. Gottlieb, a family and forensic psychologist
who  practices in Dallas, Texas. Mike is board certified in family psychology (ABPP), a Fel-
low of the American Psychology/Law  Society, and a clinical associate professor at the Uni-
versity of Texas Health Science Center. His research interest is the psychology/law interface,
a perfect fit with FCR's readers.
   Mike coordinated a panel on Troxel at a recent convention of the American Psychological
Association (APA). He approached  me with the thought of expanding the panel presenta-
tions into this special issue. Many of the excellent and diverse panel members he assembled
for the APA agreed to develop their presentations into articles for the issue. I suggested some
additional authors, and the student staff contributed a relevant note. The result is an issue that
provides an excellent legal analysis of Troxel's effect but also addresses the effect of the case
on mediation, therapeutic jurisprudence, attachment theory, and the diverse families that are
part of our national fabric.
   I leave it to Mike's guest editor's introduction to describe the authors who have contrib-
uted to this special issue and the nature of their articles. He has brought many new voices to
FCR's  readers. On their behalf and on behalf of the student staff and myself, I just want to
thank Mike  for a dedicated job well done. He is a pleasure to work with. The result of his
effort is intellectual enrichment for us all.


   We  traditionally welcome new editorial board members in the January issue, and this one
is no exception. Mike Gottlieb has already been introduced. In addition, new members of the
editorial board are the following:

FAMILY COURT REVIEW, Vol. 41 No. 1, January 2003 5-7
DOI: 10. 1177/1531244502239346
0 2003 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts


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