Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Work/Life Balance

Amy Joyce poses the intriguing question in a Washington Post article, "What does it say about our society that the COO of Facebook felt she had to hide the fact that she had dinner with her family?"

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Adultery & Divorce

From Reuters:

A spouse's adultery, once discovered, can lead to arguments, resentment, and even divorce. But do courts look less favorably upon an adulterer in a divorce case?

Generally, no -- thanks to the concept of "no-fault" divorce, now available in all 50 states. In a "no-fault" divorce, either spouse can seek a divorce for any reason, and it doesn't matter who's at fault.

But some states still allow the option to pursue a "fault" divorce, in which adultery may play a role.

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June 29, 2012 in Divorce (grounds) | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Paternity Tests Before Birth

From the New York Times:

It is an uncomfortable question that, in today’s world, is often asked by expectant mothers who had more than one male partner at the time they became pregnant. Who is the father?

With more than half of births to women under 30 now out of wedlock, it is a question that may arise more often.

Now blood tests are becoming available that can determine paternity as early as the eighth or ninth week of pregnancy, without an invasive procedure that could cause a miscarriage.

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Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

June 27, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Irish Adoptions in FL

From Irish Central:

Childless Irish couples are flocking to the sunshine state of Florida to adopt babies, according to new figures.

Statistics released by Ireland’s Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald reveal the increase in Florida adoptions.

The figures from Fitzgerald’s department reveal that 17 babies were adopted by Irish couples there in 2011.

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June 27, 2012 in Adoption | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Voiding Marriage after Spouse's Death in WI

From Joe Forward for the State Bar of Wisconsin:

June 21, 2012 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court may soon decide whether Wisconsin courts can “void” marriages after a spouse has died despite the state’s annulment statute, which does not allow marriages to be “annulled” after a party to the marriage has died.

In the case, the former step-children of a deceased woman, Nancy Laubenheimer, are entitled to an estimated $768,000 under her will, but only if the court declares her marriage to Joseph McLeod void. They accuse McLeod of marrying Laubenheimer when she was incapacitated.

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June 26, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 25, 2012

More on New IN Law

From the Herald Bulletin:

INDIANAPOLIS — A new state law that drops the cutoff age for child support in Indiana is raising questions about how the courts may interpret it.

On July 1, the age of emancipation in Indiana moves from 21 to 19, automatically terminating child support payments for almost anyone who has turned 19.

Family law experts predict a period of confusion as judges, lawyers and families figure out how to apply the new law to existing child support orders and agreements.

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June 25, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)