Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lotto Winner with Child Support Bill

A man from New Jersey, Pedro Quezada, winner of the fourth-largest Powerball lottery drawing (held on Tuesday, March 26), settled for the one-lump sum payment of $211 million, instead of taking the $338 million prize in installments.  The day after, sheriff deputies from Passaic County knocked on his door, confronting him with his overdue child support bill (Quezaka owes $29,000 in payments).    Quezada has, so far, been unreachable, and it is not clear which or how many of his children are involved.  He did say he was going to assist his relatives with his winnings, and Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik advises Quezada to pay off the debt he owes sooner than later because his winnings could be withheld until the debt is settled, or he could be arrested.

Read more here.

MR

 

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Ohio Adoptions

Proposed Ohio legislation would help adoptees get access to medical information (as well as other information) from adoption files.  House Bill 61 would allow most Ohio individuals who were adopted access their original adoption files once they become adults.  Birth parents would be able to provide family health information that would be released to the adoptee upon request; if the legislation is approved, it will not go into effect for one year “to give birth parents time to fill out the contact forms.”

As of right now, Ohio law is inconsistent with birth records for some adoptees.  Currently, people adopted before January 1, 1964 have complete access to their adoption file once they become adults; they only have to request the file and pay a $20 fee.  Those adopted from January 1, 1964 until September 18, 1996 are unable to obtain their birth certificates without a court order.

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MR

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Children's Rights in UK

From Family Law Week:

In a judgment which strongly upheld children's rights under the UNCRC, Lord Justice Moses (sitting with Mr Justice Parker) has held that the UK government's practice of treating 17 year olds as adults, the failure to inform the parents of their child's arrest and the failure to provide an independent, appropriate adult to 17 year old children when detained and questioned at a police station about alleged criminal offences is "inconsistent with the UNCRC and the views of the United Nations Committee of the Rights of the Child."

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MR

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Child Support Collection Privatization

Two top Republicans are pushing for child support collection privatization in the state of Mississippi.  Austin Barbour, nephew of former Governor Haley Barbour, and Arnie Hederman are gearing “to put private firms on track to make big money by performing government services,” according to Democratic lawmakers.  According to statistics provided by these two Republicans, the number of child support cases in Mississippi hovers around 435,000, and the amount of overdue money hovers around $1.1 billion.  Barbour and Hederman are lobbying for YoungWilliams Child Support Services.

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MR

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Divorce & Child's Drug Use

Colorado lawyers Alexandra White and Carolyn Witkus highlight the possible issues to be raised when a divorce involves children and a parent's marijuana use.  They state that with the state's legalization of recreational marijuana, problems could arise when it comes to questioning a marijuana-using parent's responsibility during visitations.

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MR

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage

From the Washington Monthly:

No one knows for sure how the Supreme Court will rule on the two high-profile gay marriage cases it is now considering. The betting, however, is that, regardless of the outcome, progress towards marriage equality will persist. A majority of the public now believes gays and lesbians should have the right to wed. Nine states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books conferring such rights.

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MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

April 1, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Gender Pay Gap

Professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone write for the New York Times:

Over the last 20 years, any “progress” in diminishing the gender pay gap in this country has come largely from the losses in male income produced by globalization and the failure of the economy to produce enough new good jobs.

So there’s been no true progress. And now pay disparity between men and women is growing because of our dysfunctional economy. In 1990, highly educated women earned a higher percentage of male income than less-educated women. By 2008, the relationship between education and the wage gap had reversed.

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MR

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Chick03

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