Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Divorce with Technology

From the Wall Street Journal:

Even the divorce process is getting easier thanks to technology.

Meet Wevorce, a startup coming out of esteemed startup “school” Y Combinator. It’s an online service that breaks the process of getting a divorce into discrete steps that are easily managed without having to get into a messy court battle.

Read more here.


April 27, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Divorce in North Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer:

A pair of Republican lawmakers want to make it harder to get a divorce in North Carolina by making estranged couples wait longer and go to counseling.

The Healthy Marriage Act would extend to two years the current one-year waiting period in order for a divorce to be finalized. During that time, the couple would have to complete courses on improving their communications skills and learning better conflict resolution techniques.

Couples who have children would have to take at least a four-hour class on the effect of divorce on children.

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April 26, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

For Sale

From the New York Times:

Lucky are the few who move out of their houses simply because they have tired of the view or suddenly possess the means to trade up. More often, it is a change in life circumstances that pushes people out into the housing market, something like a new job, a new husband or a new baby.

And lurking with quiet devastation behind many “for sale” signs is the big, sad shift that almost always requires that somebody move out: divorce.

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April 25, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


People in support of family-friendly workplace policies are continuing to speak out about the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), “the only federally mandated policy covering families in the workplace.”  For instance, the FMLA only applies to businesses employing 50 or more people.  However, many employers feel the FMLA does not need to go any further because almost 60% of U. S. workers are covered by the policy, and the provisions have been used in excess of 100 million times to help workers manage newborn care and family health crises, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.  Opponents of the proposed changes argue extending coverage to small businesses would do more harm than good, imposing heavy financial burdens on “mom-and-pop” businesses.  Per the Labor Department, about 35% of national employers offer paid maternity leave for all or most employees and about 30% offer paid paternity leave for all or most employees.  However, amongst large corporations and law firms that offer paid maternity and paternity leaves as perks to help obtain top talent, it is important to note “employers tend not to offer the paid leave to lower-skilled workers, surveys show.”

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April 24, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Divorce on Finances

This article here outlines five (sometimes unexpected) ways in which divorce can impact your finances:  legal expenses, childcare expense(s), taxes, retirement planning, and insurance. 


April 24, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kids of Divorced Parents Smoke More

From the Atlantic:

Out of 19,000 U.S adults, the odds of having smoked 100 or more cigarettes increased by 48 and 39 percent for sons and daughters, respectively, of separated or divorced parents.

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Same-Sex Divorce

From Forbes:

Among the issues raised by the gay marriage debate is tax equality. Yet the right to file joint tax returns is nothing compared to what happens when a relationship dissolves. When a married couple splits, there’s no limit on the money or property the two can transfer tax-free between them.

Read more here.


April 22, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)