Family Courts

A great deal has been said, but very little has been authoritatively written upon the subject of Domestic Relations Courts in this country. So far as I know, no such court has yet been successfully established embodying the jurisdiction and powers the advocates of such a court claim it should possess. I am not unaware, however, that courts under the name ef Domestic Relations Courts have been established, notably in New York City and Cincinnati, and that certain Municipal Courts, notably in Chicago, have been given jurisdiction in certain family matters, but none of these courts, as at present organized, have the broad and exclusive jurisdiction the advocates of these courts demand. There are substantial and fundamental difficulties in the way. These difficulties strike at the very root of our established judicial system. Nevertheless, there is much that has been said that must appeal to the judgment of all those interested in the betterment of our social conditions.