Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chinese Officials Fired for Adoption-Process Violations

From the New York Times:

Twelve government employees have been fired and stripped of their Communist Party membership after an investigation into allegations that family planning officials kidnapped children in an impoverished rural area in the southern Chinese province of Hunan, People’s Daily, the party’s official newspaper, reported Thursday.


In a scandal that has drawn widespread coverage, parents and grandparents claim that officials from Longhui, a county that is administered by Shaoyang, illegally seized at least 16 children between 1999 and 2006 because of allegations that family planning rules were violated. Caixin Century Weekly, a Chinese magazine,  reported in May that some were later adopted by foreigners.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Estin: "Global Child Welfare: The Challenges for Family Law"

Ann Laquer Estin (Univ. of Iowa College of Law) has posted "Global Child Welfare:  The Challenges for Family Law" (forthcoming Oklahoma L. Rev.) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Children in transnational families face the same kinds of crises that other children experience, compounded by issues of language, culture, nationality, and immigration status. Although the global dimension of these families introduces additional concerns, courts and child welfare authorities have the same fundamental obligation to extend their protection to all children present in the United States. This paper reviews a series of problems posed by child welfare cases with international dimensions, and considers how the Hague Child Protection Convention may be useful in these cases, arguing that implementation of the Convention should include significant attention to its cooperation provisions.


October 7, 2011 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Divorce Sells

From the Telegraph:

The eighth season of the magnificently funny HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm began its run on British television yesterday with a late night run on More 4 but the new season has already been a ratings hit in America, notching its best viewing figures since 2004.


Even though the opening episode to series eight - called The Divorce - wasn't vintage Curb, it was still packed with the sort of hilarious and edgy humour that has made it one of the finest comedy shows of the modern age.


The action was set one year after the collapse of his reunion with wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) following a row about a wood stain: "Do you respect wood?" Larry asks her as he narrows his eyes.

The ensuing argument results in divorce and there is a witty scene where Cheryl calls to collect her things and Larry half-jokingly suggests they have one last romp in bed. He is asked: what did the marriage bring for Larry? "I wouldn't be tongue-scraping if it weren't for you," he tells Cheryl.

The plot spins around Larry choosing an inept Jewish divorce lawyer - having rejected an ersatz Jew because he was revealed to actually be Swedish. Adversary Cheryl has chosen a hairless lawyer whom Larry suggests should recuse himself for breaking “the bald code.” Naturally, Larry's friends - with the brilliant Jeff Garlin as David's manager Jeff, and Susie Essman as Jeff's wife Susie squabbling as usual - chip in on the subject of marital splits with Marty Funkerhouser (played by the excellent Bob Einstein) telling Larry he'd like to leave his wife but is "too lazy" to get a divorce.

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October 7, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chinese Housing Market Prompts Divorce Fakes

From International Business Times:

As America tries to recover from its housing bubble burst, China's housing bubble is blowing up. The latest: Chinese couples are faking divorce so they can borrow more money to buy more second and third homes, trying to seize upon rising prices.

In the effort to curb the growing housing bubble, the Chinese government has tried to initiate actions to make getting second mortgages harder. The government raised the down payment for second mortgages to make them harder to obtain, and about 40 Chinese cities have begun to limit apartment purchases to two per family, according to a story from Bloomberg.

The government, the story says, has also asked commercial banks to quit giving loans to third-time home buyers.

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October 6, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Reason to Hop South of the Border?

From Time:

In Mexico City, "'Til death do us part" may turn into "'Til I'm sick of you."

Leftist lawmakers in the city's assembly are proposing a new amendment that eliminates the eternal bliss component from a marriage contract, providing couples with an easier exit strategy than divorce.

The new legislation, designed to avoid the hassle of the divorce process, would allow for temporary marriage contracts and give couples the freedom to opt out of a lifetime commitment. The reformed civil code would outline issues including custody of children and shared property, but only requires a couple to sign for a minimum of two years.

"The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends," said Leonel Luna, a Mexico City assemblyman and member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Anatomy of First Divorce Cases in Malta

From Times of Malta:

Eleven people filed for divorce yesterday, the first day the Family Court opened its doors to accept applications since the law came into force on Saturday.

Nine of the applicants were already legally separated while the other two were in the process of separating and requested that the proceedings be converted into a divorce case, a Family Court spokesman said.

The 11 cases were filed by the same four lawyers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The first case submitted yesterday came with teething problems as a lawyer forgot to submit relevant information and had to resubmit the application again later on in the day.

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October 4, 2011 in Divorce (grounds) | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Stealing Money to Fuel Divorce


New Delhi A divorce can be a messy and costly affair. And sometimes unsuspecting people get dragged in for no fault of their's.

In an incident reported from Chanakyapuri area, a man was nabbed by the police for cheating a jeweller and making off valuables worth two lakh rupees. The accused took the idea from a Bollywood flick, as he needed money to hire a lawyer to fight a divorce case filed by his wife and to repay debt that he had taken from his landlord and friends. But he landed into police net after they approached his wife, who informed the cops about his possible hideout. Additional commissioner of police, KC Dwivedi said the accused, identified as Vishal was then arrested and interrogated by officers.

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October 4, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Redheads Need Not Donate to Sperm Bank


The world's largest sperm bank is telling redheads to keep their semen.

Demand for ginger-haired donors is so low that Cyros International says they needn't bother donating.

"There are too many redheads in relation to demand," Ole Schou, the director of Cryos, told the Danish newspaper, Ekstrabladet, according to London's Telegraph.

Men with scarlett manes sell "like hot cakes" in Ireland, Schou said, but that's about it.

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October 3, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)