Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Marriages & Lives of Supreme Court Justices

From the Washington Post:

There's a widow who was a poineer of the "modern marriage" and someone who never wed.  Two divorcees.

There is a husband who married relatively late in life and adopted two children. Another is a prolific procreator, with enough children to field a baseball team and enough grandchildren to form a basketball league.

One is in an interracial marriage, which would have been illegal in his state only 20 years before his wedding.

As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the American tradition of marriage, the justices display a wide range of personal choices reflective of the modern experience.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: SH

March 23, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

FamilyScholars.Org Symposium recently hosted a symposium on What is Parenthood?  Reviewers included Nancy Dowd, Susan Appleton, Laura Rosenbury, Naomi Cahn, June Carbone, and several others.  See details here.


March 23, 2013 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

"Destination Divorces"

A Fort Wayne, Indiana law firm has come up with a way to make dealing with divorce a lot less stressful.  The Law Offices of Tracey Rosswurm has come up with Destination Divorces, a process that skips court proceedings and heads directly to mediation; soon-to-be ex spouses go on a 3-day resort vacation, with their respective lawyers, and stay in separate bedrooms, to "hammer out the details."

Read more here.


March 23, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Call for Papers


 Theme: International Family Law with Emphasis on the Work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The conference marks the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (in December 1983) and the publication of Dr. Rhona Schuz's book, "The Hague Child Abduction Convention – A Critical Analysis" (to be published in summer 2013 by Hart Publishing).

Download Conference flyer for further details.


March 22, 2013 in Resources - Child Custody, Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia

The statistics tell the story of the American family: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 marked the milestone when blended families or stepfamilies became the most common form of family in America; 2,100 new blended families are formed every day in this country; 41 percent of unmarried couples living together have children living in the home; over 65 percent of Americans are now a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling, a step-grandparent, or touched directly by a stepfamily scenario. Moreover, the Pew Research Center reports interracial marriages are on the rise in America--in 1980, 3 percent of married couples were mixed race; today 1 in 12 couples are interracial couples.

We will produce a carefully balanced academic work that chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes will include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy. Approximately 600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and video clips in the online edition, will provide the historical context for students to examine political and social debates about the importance of the family and the evolving constructions of the American family. The work will also include a collection of primary source documents demonstrating these themes across time. The signed articles, with cross-references and Further Readings are accompanied by pedagogical
elements, including the Reader's Guide, Chronology of American Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index.

This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library's electronic services. The General Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, are Drs. Lawrence Ganong and Marilyn Coleman, University of Missouri.

We are currently making assignment with a deadline of June 7, 2013.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today's terms. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.  If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with Social History of American Families, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.

Thanks very much.

Joseph K. Golson
Author Manager

March 21, 2013 in Current Affairs, Resources - Divorce, Resources - Research, Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NY Estate Issue

A New York Appeals court has ruled a Chinese teen with special needs, Emily Fuqui Svenningsen, is entitled to a portion of her first family's $250 million estate.  The girl was adopted by John and Christine Svenningsen of Westchester, N.Y. in 1996, and John Svenningsen died in May, 1997.  However, on May 6, 1996, the Svenningsens signed an agreement stating they would not transfer or have the girl readopted, and that she would be deemed "a biological child."  The agreement stated Emily had the right to inherit the estate of her adopted parents.  In December 2004, Christine Svenningsen voluntarily surrendered custody of Emily, and she was adopted by Marilyn Campbell, assistant executive director of the Devereux Glenholme School in Washington, Conn. (where Emily was surrendered), and her husband, Fred Cass.  A letter Campbell and Cass received by Ms. Svenningsen's lawyers stated Emily's trusts totaled $842,397, but upon learning the late Mr. Svenningsen's trusts totaled more than $250 million, they sued for a new accounting on Emily's behalf, but Christine argued Emily no longer had rights to the estate since she was readopted.  Westchester County Surrogates Court disagreed, and, despite an effort by Christine and her biological ruling to appeal that decision on February 6, 2013, the Appelate Division's Brooklyn-based Second Department ruled in Emily's favor.

Read more here.


March 19, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Amelia Earhart's Agreement with Husband

From the Hufington Post:

We already knew that Amelia Earhart was ahead of her time, what with her passion for aviation and wearing pants (both unheard of for women in the 1930s). But the doomed pilot's prenuptial agreement, posted to Feministing on Monday, presents a version of marriage that is remarkably forward-thinking, even by today's standards.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Cynthia Godsoe

March 18, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Partick's Day


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