Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Photo Shoot Spotlighting Adoption of Older Children

From Today Moms:

The face is angelic, the lighting soft and the subject is napping peacefully – just the way a newborn photo shoot should look. It took 13 years, but Latrell Higgins finally has his baby photos.

“Here's my sweet not so little newborn! His name is Latrell and weighs 112 lbs.,” his mom Kelli Higgins proudly announced on Facebook, where the boy’s simple wish created an online sensation.

Higgins and her husband adopted Latrell and his sister Chanya two years ago, welcoming the siblings to their home in Crestview, Fla. The family already had five biological children, with a sixth one on the way, but Higgins felt she had more love to give, especially to kids who would have a harder time finding a home because they were older. In the past decade, more older children have become available for adoption, experts say.

“These children, once they get past a certain age, they don’t find homes and they age out of foster care,” Higgins told

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Thursday, March 28, 2013


As prenuptial agreements have become more mainstream, people have been surprised to find out they can have effects on long-term care.  A party can decide to exercise or waiver a right to elect against their spouse’s estate, regardless of the fact they are divorced from their first spouse.

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March 28, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Divorce Granted

American Kim Lee was granted a divorce from her wealthy, famous Chinese husband Li Yang by a Beijing court on Sunday, February 3, 2013.  The case had kept Chinese citizens rivited for about a year because Ms. Lee publicly accused her husband of domestic violence.  The court also granted her a three-month protection order against her ex-husband "a first in the nation's capital."  Mr. Li, a multimillionaire and founder of "Crazy English," a way of learning English that involves shouting "to overcome inhibitions," stated on television that domestic violence was acceptable in China.  It appears the court did not agree; they expressed this view by granting Ms. Lee a protection order, by acknowledging domestic violence as grounds for divorce, and by ordering Li Yang to pay 50,000 renminbi in compensation for the violence.  Ms. Lee will receive 12 million renminbi and a fixed amount annually until her 3 daughters reach the age of 18.  However, many argue this amount shows the courts failed to uncover Li's true assets, because the sum was too low.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Founder of Largest Adoption Agency Passes

Marguerite Bonnema, one of the last living founders of Bethany Christian Services (BCS), America's largest adoption agency, died recently, just days before her 100th birthday.  Bonnema co-founded BCS with Mary VandenBosch in the 1940s with the goal of establishing "a residence for homeless children.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Regarding Religious Divorces

A Connecticut court “has affirmed the constitutionality of a Modern Orthodox-sponsored prenuptial agreement meant to protect agunot – Jewish women ‘chained’ by husbands who refuse to grant them a religious divorce.”  Rachel Light may be able to demand more than $100,000 from her soon-to-be-ex husband.  It stipulated Eben Light has to pay $100 for each day he refuses to grant his wife a Jewish divorce, known as a get.  Even though the two have been separated for several years, Mr. Light has not granted Rachel a proper divorce.

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