John C. Sheldon


It's amazing what you can learn about modern divorce law from Nicholas Copernicus and Johannes Kepler. Copernicus was the 16th century churchman who dared to suggest that the sun, not the earth, lies at the center of the solar system. Kepler was the early-17th century mathematician whose three laws of planetary motion provided the foundation for modern cosmology. Neither of these pioneers had a clue what he was doing. A study of recent procedures, decisions, and statutes in Maine divorce law suggests that nothing has changed since Copernicus. Koestler could have written the same book just by attending a divorce hearing in any Maine court or reading Skelton v. Skelton. We bumble along without a clue where our divorce law is headed and only later--sometimes a long time later--do we turn around and realize what we've done. That's my thesis: that we can learn a lot, and save a lot of embarrassment, by studying Koestler's thesis.

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