Keeping It Civil

Keeping It Civil

The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts From the Files of A Family Lawyer

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Provocative true cases that explore the intersection of our most intimate relationships and the law—and offer a window into how we define a family today.

A woman seeking a divorce has no idea of the family finances—her husband doled out money only after she gave him requisition slips for her intended purchases. A lesbian couple wants to include their sperm donor in their child’s life—the sperm donor is the brother of one partner, so he will be the biological father as well as the child’s uncle. These are the clients who come knocking on family lawyer Margaret Klaw’s door, hoping for resolution.

Baker & Taylor
A family law attorney discusses hot-button legal issues while sharing some of the cases she has been involved with.

Book News
Klaw, a family law lawyer living in Philadelphia, offers a survey of her experience with various kinds of family law cases, focusing on custody disputes. It is in many ways a memoir, but as told by someone who wants to remember their life as an avowed family law junkie, examining family law issues as more philosophical or humanistic concerns. Chapters discuss money culture, legal fictions, divorce, working women, being a sperm donor versus being a father, and more. It is not a book of legal advice or a comprehensive analysis of family law, but a set of reflections that are both intelligent and illuminating. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616202392
Branch Call Number: 346.748 KLA
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 02, 2013

An entertaining read even if you know nothing about family law. Some education about how our laws evolve over time and how existing laws need updating.


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