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How Contracts Can Shape Family Relationships

Jun 10, 2015

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What drew us to Martha Erthman’s new book is its title. Ertman is a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, but the title "Love’s Promises" sounds more like poetry than law. True, the subtitle is a bit more lawyerly: "How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families".

The book is a blend of memoir and case law that argues contracts and informal deals are not the enemy of love and families, but their friend. Professor Ertman joins Sheilah on the line from her home in Washington.

Martha Ertman is the Carole & Hanan Sibel Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. A presentation of her work at Carey Law can be found here. Her work on relationship contracts has also been featured on web publications such as Salon.com. Details for her upcoming online symposium are here.  

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