Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Japan & Hague Concention on Int'l Child Abduction

From the Japan Times:

Giant Hello Kitty-emblazoned kudos to Japan for finally signing the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. Now comes the hard part: actually making it work.

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June 22, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lawsuit Against Family Law


“The entire family-law system is unconstitutional,” Newdow told SN&R. “It deprives people of their rights to their relationships with their children.”

In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Newdow informed the speaker of the Assembly of his intent to file suit under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 526(a), which allows taxpayers to file grievances against government waste.

“You waste incredible amounts of money,” said Newdow. “People spend millions of dollars—literally—on individual cases that should be going towards the family.”

The complaint names as defendants California Superior Court Judge James Mize, Presiding Judge Eugene Balanon, State Attorney General Edmund Brown, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Controller John Chiang.

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June 21, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Introducing Family Law

From Law Times:

The federal government’s latest attempt to bring western family law principles to native reserves is once again attracting controversy.

The family homes on reserves and matrimonial interests or rights act is the federal government’s fourth attempt to address the vacuum that exists in matrimonial property laws in aboriginal communities.

The standing committee on the status of women has just referred the bill back to Parliament without amendment despite hearing a litany of concerns about the process and the lack of consultation and non-legislative measures and support.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fetal Origins

From the Atlantic:

Researchers in the increasingly influential field known as fetal origins—the study of how fetal conditions affect long-term health—have to be pretty creative. Running controlled experiments on pregnant women is, after all, verboten. Still, scientists have made exciting finds in recent years by cleverly drawing on data from dramatic, naturally occurring “experiments.” By seeing what happens to fetuses when an entire population is exposed to, say, fasting, or mourning, or smog—conditions that would be deemed unethical if they were devised in a lab—we are gaining insights into how life before birth shapes life long afterward.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

5th Circuit on Breastfeeding


While several new health studies health studies concerning breastfeeding are making the rounds, the topic has also been generating headlines in the employment law context, thanks to a recent Fifth Circuit ruling (as reported in Texas Lawyer's Tex Parte Blog) involving the firing of a woman because she wanted to use a breast pump at work.

According to the opinion, when Donnicia Venters spoke to her boss at Houston Funding about using a breast pump at work upon her return from maternity leave, her request was met with a long pause, then the news that her position had been filled. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought a Title VII action against Houston Funding, alleging the company had discriminated against Venters based upon her sex.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Babies Sleeping in Cardboard Boxes--Normal in Finland

From Updated News:

For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.

The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.

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Hat Tip: SH

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

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