Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Schools' Reaction

From  Jacoba Urist, writing for the Atlantic:

The debates over vaccinations are often cast as arguments over the integrity of science. But they can just as easily be understood as conversations about power, writes Eula Biss, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University, in her book, On Immunity: An Inoculation. As it stands, all 50 states require specific vaccines for school-aged children, although each grants exemptions for students unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. The power struggle—pitting parents against parents—arises in the 19 states that allow families to opt out of vaccination requirements by claiming a "philosophical exemption," whether based on personal, moral, or religious beliefs.

Last month, however, one private Montessori school in Traverse City, Michigan—The Children’s House, which serves infants through children in the eighth grade—changed the power dynamic. As one parent there described it, the school wrested control from a vocal minority of people in their community who don’t believe in vaccinating their children and gave the majority who do their voice back. By revising its admissions policy and refusing to accept new students whose parents opt them out for personal beliefs, The Children’s House illustrates how schools are becoming ground zero for the anti-vaccine dispute. It also serves as an example of how educators—not state legislators or health officials—may be the ones who ultimately resolve the public controversy over immunization requirements.

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MR

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Suing for Measles

 Jacoba Urist, writing for Today:

Say you take a family trip to Disney Land and your baby gets measles — perhaps suffers severe complications and can no longer hear or is left with brain damage. Would you want to sue the parents who voluntarily decided not to vaccinate their child, thus allowing the disease to pass to your baby?

It’s a growing debate, especially as measles cases in the United States have been rising steadily for the past few years, along with vaccine opt-outs. Should parents be held liable for unvaccinated children, if the decision was based only on a personal belief and they had no medical reason for opting out of their state’s immunization requirements?

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MR

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Child Custody Division

From KNOP News:

Sen. Laura Ebke (Crete) introduced a bill that would encourage judges to more fairly divide custody between separated parents. LB-437 asks that judges split custody by at least 65/35, unless there are circumstances in a case that warrant less visitation.

Ebke says it's important for kids to have both parents in their lives.
"Parents and kids alike, you know, thrive off of each other. The things that a young lady or a young man get from their parents are different. Moms and dads are different creatures and so it's good for them to have exposure to both."

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MR

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Same-Sex Adoption in Austria

From ABC News:

Austria's Constitutional Court has ruled that gay couples have the same right as heterosexuals to adopt children.

Before the decision Wednesday, gay partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent.

Explaining the decision, chief judge Gerhart Holzinger says there is "no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation" of the parents.

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MR

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Taxes & Divorce

From Forbes:

Getting divorced? You have a lot going on. In fact, when you divorce, nearly every vertical of your life changes — including your taxes.

If your marriage is ending, address these tax concerns now. Below are the nuts and bolts of divorce and tax law. But if you are currently negotiating your split, or have a open dialogue with your ex, sit down with a tax professional to explore arrangements that could reduce the tax burden for both of you.

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MR

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Law Stats from Saudi Arabia

From Saudi Gazette:

Saudi courts received 1,039 child custody cases and 1,188 alimony cases during the last quarter of 2014, according to Ministry of Justice statistics.

The statistics also showed that Makkah had the highest rate of both types of cases with 192 child custody cases and 158 alimony cases, Makkah reported.

The Secretary General of the National Society for Human Rights Khalid Al-Fakhry said the Personal Status Court just opened six months ago but it is already handling all family cases and legal affairs such as child custody, alimony and divorce.

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MR

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Divorce & The Philippines

From Yahoo News:

The courts did not grant Chatto Realuyo a divorce when it allowed her to end her marriage, 10 years after her husband moved out. They can't. They best they can do is say the marriage never happened.

The Philippines is the only country in the world — aside from the Vatican — where divorce is forbidden, a testament to the enduring power of Roman Catholicism that has flourished since Spanish colonizers imposed it nearly 500 years ago.

Visiting Pope Francis, the church and many of its followers in this Southeast Asian Catholic stronghold of 100 million believe strongly in the indissolubility of marriage. But a growing number of Catholics would support a change.

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MR

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Facebook & Divorces

From ABC Action News:

Logging onto Facebook numerous times daily has become a common routine for many people.

"There's so much conversation going back and forth on Facebook," St. Petersburg resident Janet Landt said.

For married couples, some of that conversation could lead to divorce.

"I can see where a lot of people would get themselves in trouble," Landt said.

New research from Lake Legal, a law firm in the UK, shows Facebook is being cited in a third of all divorces.

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MR

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Friday, February 6, 2015

OH Program in Juvenile Detention Services

From The Marion Star:

A new family-focused program could bridge a gap in juvenile detention services.

The Marion County Family Court has established the Collaboration, Advocacy, Resources and Education for Families in Transition Center, or CARE FIT Center, to create a safe environment for parents and children to use during difficult times.

Stephanie Kreisher, center director, said the court will provide supervised visitation and exchanges for families where there has been a history of conflict, domestic violence, mental illness or child abuse.

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MR

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Children in Israel

From Redress Information & Analysis:

There are many international treaties and conventions that Israel has either not signed or not ratified. It is the only state in the Middle East not to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It has not signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention either. It has signed but not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention. But one convention it has actually signed is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

While the media in the West have shown little interest in reporting the abuses of children’s and parents’ rights in Israel, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is duty bound to ensure that Israel is respecting its commitments under the UNCRC.

Thus, last week Israeli human rights representatives held a meeting with Jonny Cline, the head of UNICEF in Israel, during which Mr Cline agreed to investigate some of the issues they raised.

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MR

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

3-Parent Babies

From BBC News:

The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

During the debate, ministers said the technique was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families.

A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year.

Proponents said the backing was "good news for progressive medicine" but critics say they will continue to fight against the technique that they say raises too many ethical and safety concerns.

Estimates suggest 150 three-person babies could be born each year.

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MR

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Call for Student Papers

 

National Association of Women Lawyers®
2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

 

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women’s rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad.  NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political, and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession.  NAWLhas established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows:

 

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.   The most recent winning paper was “The Decriminalization of Rape on America’s College Campuses: How Federal Sex Discrimination Policy Has Diminished the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Sexual Violence” written by Danielle Elizabeth DeBold, New York University School of Law.  Please view paper at  http://www.nawl.org/p/cm/ld/fid=83.

 

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-15 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.  Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

 

FORMAT:  Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be  one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read.

 

JUDGING:  NAWL Women Lawyers Journal® designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

 

QUESTIONS:  Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.edu.

 

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE:  Entries must be received by May 1, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address.  Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word) to jmartin@stu.edu.

 

AWARD:  The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the NAWL Women Lawyers Journal.

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MN Foster Child Program

From Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Thousands of Minnesota children living in temporary foster care could find permanent homes under a new state program that eliminates the long-standing financial penalty for people who adopt foster children.

The new program, Northstar Care for Children, which the state Department of Human Services launched this month, simplifies and significantly increases monthly benefits for more than 7,000 children across Minnesota who receive state adoption assistance — giving foster care parents more of a financial incentive to adopt children who are unable to be cared for by their birthparents.

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MR

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Same-Sex Legislation Abroad

From The Irish Times:

The Government has pledged that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the referendum on same-sex marriage in May.

The pledge came in the wake of concern in both Coalition parties that the first television debate on the issue on Monday night had raised doubts about potential pitfalls in the campaign.

At their weekly Cabinet meeting, Ministers agreed to hold another special meeting today to finalise the wording of the Bill providing for the referendum on same-sex marriage.

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MR

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Embryo Donation

From KPRC Houston:

For Natalie and Brandon Champagne, the question was not if they would become parents, but rather how they would become parents.

"Brandon had leukemia as a child and some of the treatments that he received, we knew we probably wouldn't be able to have children of our own," said Natalie Champagne.

The two then heard about the Snowflake Adoption Program, a program that matches families that are willing to donate embryos they no longer need for IVF, to families that want to have children. Families like the Champagnes then adopt, birth and raise the child as their own.

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MR

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Marriage and Consquences

From Erez Aloni (Whittier Law School), writing for the Guardian:

Even as social conservatives pontificate on preserving the sanctity of marriage and the importance of making divorce once again more difficult, other conservatives have launched a complementary crusade if ‘I do’ isn’t forever: hands off your ex’s money.

Some politicians contend the ease of getting a divorce is the source of other problems like poverty and crime, making it a worthy primary target for reform. Last month, 50 international scholars and religious leaders wrote a letter to the Pope, urging the Catholic Church to consider the effects of no-fault divorce – or ending a marriage without having to demonstrated the other spouse has done wrong – on society. The letter followed relentless political efforts by conservative legislators to make divorce more difficult, with legislation to impose “cooling off” periods before legally ending a union introduced in more than a dozen states.

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MR

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Adopting Older Children

From Newsmax.com:

Babies are a hot commodity and so scarce here in the U.S. that some prospective adoptive parents will spend thousands of dollars to adopt a baby from overseas — while older children are ignored and left behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo Wassell, and Victor Groza have written a new book: “Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four” that is designed to help couples that would like to adopt but have questions about how adoption works with older children.

In an interview with MyCentralJersey.com, Bosco-Ruggiero said “people hesitate when considering adopting an older child because they concern that the child will have severe behavioral or emotional problems stemming from backgrounds of abuse and neglect.” While those factors complicate an adoption, these problems can be successfully overcome.

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MR

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Same-Sex Divorce in Mississippi

From SFGate:

Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Carey Varnadotold the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The attorney general's office, though, told the court that the state can't grant a divorce to Lauren Czekala-Chatham (chick AH' luh-CHAT' um) and Dana Ann Melancon (muh LAWN' sawn) because their marriage is void in Mississippi.

There may be a way out for the nine justices on Mississippi's top court: They could find a way to grant a divorce or legally dissolve the marriage without overturning the state constitutional amendment and law that limit marriage to a union between only one man and one woman. They could also wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule.

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MR

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Custody Dispute

From Between the Lines News:

A custody case filed against a local lesbian woman will soon be presented before a Wayne County Judge, as the children's biological father seeks full custody.

Annette Burgan, 44, has three children. The metro Detroit woman elected to seek out a suitable candidate that would enable her and her partner at the time to use the services of a sperm donor bank in California to conceive. Eleven years later she is fighting to remain the legal parent of her children.

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MR

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Monday, January 26, 2015

DeKalb Middlemen

From Dekalb Daily Chronicle:

A new service beginning Tuesday will provide DeKalb County parents with a middleman to keep their children out of potential squabbling during visitation exchanges.

The Neutral Exchange Program, a new division of the DeKalb County-based Family Service Agency, is a court-ordered service that provides divorced or separated parents a way to transfer custody of their child with almost no interaction, making the situation less uncomfortable for everyone involved.

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MR

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