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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Vera Wang Black Wedding Gowns...


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Second Chances

From the Wall Street Journal:

They got hitched while still in their teens, divorced 20 years and four children later, and are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart.

For Lena Henderson and Roland Davis, both 85 years old, the second time around is finally here. The couple plans to get married again on Saturday, with four generations on hand to see it happen.

Read more here.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Scottish Cohabitation Case

From Family Law Week:

In Gow v Grant [2012] UKSC 29, a Scottish cohabitation case, heard in the Supreme Court, Barnoness Hale has said that lessons can be learned in England and Wales from the practicability and fairness provided by Scottish legislation.

The appeal was concerned with the meaning and effect of section 28 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 which, for the first time, enables a cohabitant to apply to the court for financial provision where the cohabitation ends otherwise than by the death of one of the parties. The court may make an order for payment by the other cohabitant of a capital sum, having regard to whether that party ("the defender") has derived economic advantage from contributions made by the applicant and whether the applicant has suffered economic disadvantage in the interests of the defender or any child. The court must then have regard to the extent to which any economic advantage derived by one party is offset by economic disadvantage suffered by that party, or economic disadvantage suffered by one party is offset by economic advantage derived by that party.

Read more here.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Basic Divorce Overview

From the State Bar of Wisconisn:

July 5, 2012 – Although Wisconsin has consistently stayed below the national divorce rate, 16,635 couples were divorced last year. One in every 1.8 marriages ends in divorce.

So it was not surprising that a healthy number of young lawyers turned out for a recent CLE seminar, “Handling a Basic Divorce,” which revealed that divorces aren’t so basic.

However, several seasoned family law practitioners presented a wealth of information that lawyers can use to start or build a divorce law practice, including practical advice. This article highlights some of the major issues, including practical tips, to handle a basic divorce.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

KY Case on Grandparents' Rights


Twenty years after a ruling that gave grandparents the right to visit their grandchildren over the parents’ objection, the Kentucky Supreme Court is preparing to give the controversial issue another look.

In 1992, the court upheld a state law that allows grandparent visitation if it is in the child’s best interests, ruling that if “a grandparent is physically, mentally and morally fit, then a grandchild will ordinarily benefit from contact with the grandparent.”

But in a case from Louisville that will be argued Friday, the court will revisit the issue for the first time since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the wishes of objecting parents must be given “special weight” and that fit parents must be “presumed to be acting in their child’s best interests.”

Read more here, and see the appellate opinion here.


Hat Tip: Jamie R. Abrams

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Monday, August 13, 2012


From the New York Times:

While three (or more) is still a crowd for most newly married couples, more of them are choosing to take their loved ones with them on what has come to be called a buddymoon, according to Brandon Warner, the founder of Traveler's Joy, an online registry that helps couples plan their honeymoons.

The Sunday Telegraph in Australia reported something of a tren in 2010: “Couples are bending the wedding rules by taking the honey out of the honeymoon.” In the United States, the rap performers Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz and the country music singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert helped popularize the honeymoon-with-friends idea with lavish buddymoons.

While relatives and loved ones have occasionally tagged along since the days when wedding trips were made by horse and buggy, Mr. Warner said that difficult economic times are responsible for the number of noncelebrity couples who are now choosing this arrangement. Fewer people are taking vacations, he said, so “when a rare and special family event arises, like a wedding, it creates an opportunity for friends and families to come together to celebrate and take a vacation.” (The buddies usually pay their own way.)

W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist and the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, said that he was not aware of any statistics on buddymoons, but that the idea made sense in light of changes in sexual mores.

“Today, when about 65 percent of couples cohabitate prior to marriage, the honeymoon is less likely to be a major turning point in their relationship,” said Professor Wilcox, who had not heard the term buddymoon. “For them, I think having friends come along is less of a big deal, and in some ways makes it more of a special and exceptional occasion.”

Read more here.


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