Lynne Marie Kohm is Professor and John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA, USA (  A scholar and legal educator since 1993, Kohm is teaching, researching and writing in the area of family law, child advocacy, and gender equality.  She teaches Family Law, Advanced Family Law, Child Wellbeing Law, Elder Law, Juvenile Law, Gender & the Law, Bioethics, Human Life and Death, International Human Rights, and has taught Politics and Family Law in Immigration at Hertford College of Oxford University.  The author of a series of books entitled Estate Planning Success and contributor to many other books, her seminal work is Family Manifesto: What went wrong with the moral basis to the family and how to restore it (W.S.Hein Co. 2007), and Estate Planning Success for Women (Barron Pub. Co. 2005).  Law review and journal articles include numerous publications in the areas of families, children, women, marriage, reproductive rights, domestic relations, estate planning and trusts.

My Articles

April 1, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT
After the recent terror attacks in Tunis and the continued abduction of Syrian and Iraqi children what does the rise of ISIS have to do with the treatment of children? Answer: An object lesson on children's rights versus a child's best interests as the basis for family restoration.
February 12, 2015, 9:44 AM EST
Why and how has this pornography ensnared so many women, including Christian women? It begins innocently enough out of curiosity, but as "Focus" states, “underneath the use of pornography and carrying out the harmful sex practices promoted by ‘Fifty Shades,’ are valid human emotions and needs longing to be met. The challenge for men and women alike is to discover a healthy and holy fulfillment for those God-given desires.” The enticement of the erotic is the curiosity and allure of sexual deviation. It leads not to fulfillment, but rather always to destruction, for the individual and the individual’s family.
January 19, 2015, 11:11 AM EST
Marriage will, once again, be front and center on the docket of the Supreme Court of the United States, as it was announced yesterday that it will hear cases dealing with state marriage amendments from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee in April. A decision can be expected on that last day of the High Court's session in the summer. At issue is the right of a state to define marriage in its constitution and decide whether to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Ultimately, the issue will be whether states can regulate any aspect of marriage as part of state public policy.
January 15, 2015, 2:09 PM EST
Passing laws to protect children is a popular political move, but it does not always provide for the best interests of children. For example, Mexico recently passed a bill to foster the “Rights of Girls, Boys, and Adolescents” that initially focused on sexual and reproductive rights for children.
December 12, 2014, 5:13 PM EST
Marriage policy is apparent through the licensing process, but Christians are struggling with how to manage these policies in light of changing legal definitions of marriage. Theologian and Speaker John Stonestreet, writing at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, discusses marriage, and how Christians should respond to changing regulatory dictates:
December 4, 2014, 1:16 PM EST
Women are not well-cared for by abortion clinics in Virginia, or elsewhere. In fact, farm animals are cared for better than women in abortion surgery.
November 14, 2014, 11:03 AM EST
United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order on Monday blocking same-sex marriage in Kansas after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt requested an injunction (read more in the Jurist) but the stay was lifted by the end of the week, making same-sex marriage legal in Kansas, despite the democratic process.
October 13, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT
Children are a large piece of the puzzle in the debate over marriage and its expansion in the United States. What is best for children?
October 7, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States' recent denial of review on state marriage laws that had been overturned by federal courts has left those state laws now unconstitutional, as dictated by the lower federal courts' rulings, which will now control the laws of those states.
September 29, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT
Does State leadership make a difference to family policy? Compare Oregon and North Dakota.
September 9, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT
When Ray Rice was rightfully charged with domestic assault, the law took a step to protect women in families, and it rightfully penalized a perpetrator of an assault and battery.
September 3, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
A federal judge gave Kody Brown and his four wives a legal victory on August 28, 2014 when the court finalized the order striking part of Utah's bigamy law as unconstitutional.
August 28, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT
Regent University School of Law accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in grand fashion with more than 250 students, faculty and staff dousing themselves with ice water for an important pro-life cause.
August 26, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights does not require nations to recognize same-sex marriage.
August 21, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has Stayed the 4th Circuit ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, effectively upholding, at least temporarily, state marriage amendments.