Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Data on Meddling In-Laws

From Huff Post:

A new survey suggests that meddling in-laws are to blame for one in 10 U.K. divorces.

The Co-operative Legal Services surveyed 2,000 married couples -- 800 of which had been divorced -- about the cause of marital tension in their relationships. Eleven percent of the divorcés surveyed blamed "interfering in-laws" for their divorces.

Read more here.


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Domestic Violence Order Voted through European Parliament

From Jordans' Family Law News:

The European Parliament has voted with an overwhelming majority (602 votes in favour, 23 against, 63 abstentions) to endorse the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide violence protection order.

The new regulation will mean that citizens who have suffered domestic violence can rely on a restraining order obtained in their home country wherever they are in the EU: the protection will travel with the citizens. In practice, the EU law will benefit women in particular: around one in five women in Europe have suffered physical violence at least once in their life, according to surveys.

Read more here.


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dire Report on Families Out of Britain

From Law Week:

Lone parent families are increasing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year and will total more than two million by the time of the next election, according to a new report accusing the Government of turning a blind eye to its commitment to promote family stability.

The report, to be published by the Centre for Social Justice in the week beginning 10th June , also finds that at least one million children are growing up without a father and that some of the poorest parts of the country have become "men deserts" because so few primary schools have male teachers.

Read more here and download the report here.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Victories for Same-Sex Couples

From the New York Times:

In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there.

The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But in clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation’s most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow such unions.

The decision on federal benefits will immediately extend many benefits to couples in the states where same-sex marriage is legal, and it will give the Obama administration the ability to broaden other benefits through executive actions.

Read more here or download the Supreme Cour'ts opinion in Perry here or download the Supreme Court's opinion in Windsor here.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Adoptive Parents Win at U.S. Supreme Court

From CNN:

The Supreme Court sided on Tuesday with adoptive parents in a divisive custody fight over a Native American child after the biological father asserted his parental rights.

The justices, by a 5-4 margin, said the adoption by a white couple was proper and did not intrude on the federal rights of the father, a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, over where his daughter, Veronica, 3, would live.

The court said the father could not rely on the Indian Child Welfare Act for relief because he never had legal or physical custody at the time of adoption proceedings, which were initiated by the birth mother without his knowledge.

Read more here or download the Supreme Court's opinion in the case here.


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

Placement in WI


It is time for Wisconsin to reconsider the law regarding contingent placement orders.

The May edition of the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law features point/counterpoint articles on the topic by two very thoughtful family law judicial officers: Brown County Judge Tom Walsh and Milwaukee County Assistant Family Court Commissioner Bill Honrath.

Read more here.


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

Monday, June 24, 2013

Custody Cases Surge in England

From the Telegraph:

New figures show the number of children caught up in legal battles between separating or divorcing parents jumped by 27 per cent last month and is currently running at almost twice the level seen two years ago.

Cafcass, the agency which looks after children's interests in the family courts, said that it received 5,061 new cases involving family splits in England in May, by far the highest ever seen in a single month.

It has piled new pressure on the agency, which has been already severely stretched by a separate dramatic rise in the number of children being taken into care in the wake of the Baby P scandal four years ago.

The surge in demand for it to be involved in so-called “private law” cases follows the removal of legal aid for couples in most divorce cases.

Under changes which came into effect on April 1 this year, an estimated 200,000 people a year who would have been able to get legal aid in divorce and child contact cases no longer qualify.

Read more here.


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