Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New Initiative on Shared Parenting

From Quantum Valeat:

A new organisation called Leading Women 4 Shared Parenting was launched recently.   

The organisation aims to bring together women from all walks of life who support and promote shared parenting (I prefer the term shared care), with a view to changing policy and perception.

Read more here, and see Leading Women 4 Shared Parenting here.


June 8, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Aging Out of Foster Care Addressed in England

From the Guardian:

When a major piece of legislation passes through parliament, amid the usual partisan differences there is sometimes an opportunity for a cross-party group of backbench MPs to suggest a small additional change that can make a big difference.

That is why some of us are supporting an amendment to the children and families bill that would make provision for continuing support for former foster children. We are doing this because foster children should be given the same chances as all children.

The average age for leaving home is 24, yet only one in twenty foster children stay with their foster carers beyond their 18th birthday. Our proposal would guarantee payments to foster carers until the young person in their care reaches 21.

Read more here.


June 7, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The "Marriage Equation"

From Deborah Widiss (Indiana University Maurer School of Law), writing for the Atlantic:

Liza Mundy's recent article in The Atlantic suggests that same-sex couples can serve as a model for different-sex couples struggling to find a fair division of breadwinning and caretaking work. As I discuss more fully in a recent law review article, that might be true—but it is too soon to know. There are, as Mundy reports, many studies showing that same-sex couples typically divide such responsibilities more equally than different-sex couples. But these studies predate legal marriage for same-sex couples. Although they focus on same-sex couples in long-term committed relationships, most of the data was collected before their relationships were legally recognized at all. Furthermore, under the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), no same-sex couples currently count as "married" for federal purposes.

Read it here, and the law review article underyling the editorial here.


June 7, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

AZ Abortion Ban

From Fox News:

A federal court Tuesday struck down Arizona's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy absent a medical emergency.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violated a woman's constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. "Viability" of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks.

Read more here.


June 6, 2013 in Abortion, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Changes to FASFA

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

For the first time since the creation of the federal student-aid system, the income and assets of all of a would-be borrower's legal parents will be counted in the government's calculation of the student's need.

Until now, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa, has collected financial information from only one parent if the parents are unmarried or are in a same-sex marriage. Starting with the 2014-15 form, the Education Department will gather information from both parents of dependent students, regardless of their marital status or gender.

Read more here.



June 5, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

On Trusts

From ABA Now:

Same-sex couples who marry or join in civil unions face unique challenges to determine whether their partner qualifies as a beneficiary of their trusts, and attorneys must often navigate complex or unclear laws to guide their clients appropriately.

“State law is key on this issue,” said Ray Prather, an attorney at Prather Ebner LLP. In general, the Internal Revenue Service defines a trust as a relationship in which one person holds title to property, subject to an obligation to keep or use the property for the benefit of another. Trusts are often used to pass monetary benefits to a spouse through a third party. However, state laws vary on whether same-sex partners who are married qualify as spouses.

Read more here.


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Stay at Home Parents & Access to Credit

From Margaret Ryznar writing for the Huffington Post:

The rules on stay-at-home parents' access to credit have been reversed twice in the past four years but, interestingly, without much media attention along the way. This is despite the fundamental impact of the reversals on stay-at-home parents' ability to open a card in their names or to extend their credit lines without having a joint account with their spouses.

Read more here.


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fostering in UK

Here's an article on the need for more foster families in the UK.


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