American Judges Association



Steve Leben

Date of this Version

Winter 2007


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 43:4. Copyright © 2007 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission.


Divorce cases were part of my docket when I began my judicial career. I was single then and had not had children. I quickly faced lots of situations well beyond my experience: a breast-feeding mother who wanted the father’s visitation limited to four hours in her presence each week, a parent who wanted t o move across the country with the child, or even a dispute about parent-child access in a “typical” divorce. In the absence of expert testimony, could I look anywhere for answers other than court decisions that may—or may not—have been based on sound research?

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