Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Revision of Divorce Payments

From the Wall Street Journal:

A Nassau County judge dramatically reversed himself in a decision about divorce payments that had been cited by an independent commission as an example of flaws in legislation passed to reform New York's matrimonial laws.

In March 2011, Judge Norman Janowitz ordered Jeffrey Goldberg to pay his wife Jill Goldberg more than $17,000 a month, though his monthly take-home pay as an investment banker was only $12,775, according to court documents. His wife, Jill, is employed as a guidance counselor, earning $103,000 a year. Mr. Goldberg was laid off in August.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Divorce Expo

From the Wall Street Journal:

This weekend's event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea won't feature wedding-dress designs, sample bouquets or cakes. Instead, attendees can expect panels and seminars with such titles as "Moving on After Infidelity," "Into the Fog—Becoming a Single Dad and a Single Dude Again" and "Parenting Through Divorce."

The founders of what is believed to be the region's first comprehensive divorce expo hope it will become an annual event, and something they can eventually take on the road.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sources of Adoption Delay

From the BBC:

The most significant cause of delay for children needing adoption in England is the length of time taken by court proceedings, a report by Ofsted says.

The government wants to speed up adoptions, get more children adopted and cut the bureaucracy involved.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Meredith Johnson Harbach: "Outsourcing Childcare"

 Meredith Johnson Harbach (University of Richmond School of Law) recently posted her article "Outsourcing Childcare" on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Existing discourse on childcare choice proceeds as if there were one right answer to the question of who should care for children. The law takes sides, too. But the reality is that parents, like businesses, make diverse, strategic decisions about which work to perform in-house, and when to collaborate with outside partners. This article uses the lens of business outsourcing to gain fresh perspective on childcare decision making, and the law’s relationship to it. 

The outsourcing framework provides three key insights. First, it enables us to better understand the diversity of childcare decisions and the reasons underlying them. Second, the outsourcing model rejects a one-size-fits-all approach to childcare, and instead respects and values a diversity of approaches. Third, the normative value in this diversity suggests a particular role for the law in interacting with childcare choices. The law should accommodate and support a variety of choices, rather than take position on the substantive content of those choices. Using this benchmark, this article critically surveys existing law impacting childcare decisions, and explores how it might evolve to better support the personal choices of families making these decisions.


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Monday, April 9, 2012

NC's Amendment 1 Defining Marriage

From the Huffington Post:

Next month, North Carolinians will vote on a constitutional amendment that its supporters say will simply define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in North Carolina. But the measure's proponents are hoping North Carolina will join the 12 other Southern states with a constitutional amendment formally defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.


Amendment 1 prohibits state validation or recognition of “domestic legal unions,” a phrase never used before in North Carolina statutes, according to a publication issued by the state to explain the amendment.

"The problem is, we don't know what this language means or how courts would interpret this," said Maxine Eichner, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. "If courts were going to interpret the constitutional amendment as invalidating any rights or protections for unmarried couples, it would invalidate domestic violence protections." According to Eichner's report on the potential consequences of the amendment, Ohio's history shows a possible downside for victims of domestic violence.

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Landmark Divorce

From the Evening Standard:

A millionaire City analyst has won his appeal against a West End actor in a landmark gay divorce.

But equity expert Peter Lawrence must still pay his former partner Don Gallagher — who starred in the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert stage show — more than £1.4 million, £320,000 less than the settlement ordered by a High Court judge last year.

Mr Lawrence, 47, and Mr Gallagher, 54, lived together for 11 years before having a civil partnership, which lasted only seven months.

Mr Lawrence, who earns £390,000 a year working for JP Morgan, earned far more than the actor, who has also appeared in Les Misérables and on TV in Casualty and Taggart.

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