University of Minnesota

U of M law expert available to discuss changing role of marriage

August 4, 2014

As University of Minnesota Law School professor and family law expert June Carbone points out, marriage in its traditional form no longer works effectively for huge sections of the American public. Increasingly, marriages end in divorce and children are born to single mothers. More and more, success in marriage and its effectiveness in supporting children is dictated by economic factors in a country with increasing economic inequality.

Carbone is an expert on marriage’s place in our modern society and its erosion first in the lower class and, increasingly, in the expansive middle class. Carbone’s extensive background in family law and domestic obligations has helped her author several books, including her recently released “Marriage Markets,” which discusses the changes needed to address America’s failure in public policy to invest in its children.

“As marriage has emerged as a marker of class, we need to understand why,” Carbone said. “We need to understand that inequality fundamentally changes the way that men and women match up with each other, it alters their expectations about each other and about the future, and in doing so, it undermines the trust that is necessary to make marriage work. We have only just begun to reckon with the damage greater inequality has done to our communities.”

To schedule an interview with Carbone, contact Cynthia Huff,, (612) 625-6691, or University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

Carbone has “written a crisp and cogent account—rich with detail and utterly free of legalese—of America’s failure to invest in its children,” New York Times’ Fred Andrews wrote about Carbone’s Marriage Markets.

Carbone joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in June 2013 as the inaugural holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology from her position as the Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC).

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