Saturday, July 13, 2013

Adoptions for Profit in Japan

From the Japan Times:

Two adoption agencies for young children in Tokyo received a total of about 83 million yen in donations from adoptive parents in the three years to fiscal 2011, it has been learned.

The two organizations almost always asked adoptive parents to make contributions, The Yomiuri Shimbun has found, and one entity received nearly 2 million yen for a single case.

The Child Welfare Law prohibits arranging the adoption of young children for profit. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has told local governments to research adoption agencies, as it suspects that such large donations could be considered de facto payments for these organizations’ services, a violation of the law.

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MR

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage/Adoption in MI

From the Detroit Free Press:

A federal judge says he’ll hear arguments Oct. 1 on the legality of Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

Judge Bernard Friedman set the date Wednesday in what could be a ground-breaking lawsuit filed by two Detroit-area nurses who are lesbians.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer and three adopted children live under one roof in Hazel Park. But Michigan law bars the women from jointly adopting each other’s kids.

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MR

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Family Law Forms in OH

From the News-Herald:

Effective July 1, attorneys and pro se parties — those without attorney representation — can now access 28 standardized forms for domestic relations proceedings.

The Ohio Supreme Court approved the forms for family law proceedings to increase access to justice.

The forms are for divorces, dissolutions, motions for change in custody and visitation, child support and parenting plans.

They can be completed online or printed out to finish by hand.

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MR

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Single Fathers on Rise

According to Pew, the rise of single fathers has increased a ninefold Increase since 1960.  Download the Pew Report here.      

MR

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Estate Planning in Light of Windsor and Perry

From National Law Review:

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional in the case of United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”). In a related case, the Supreme Court also dismissed an appeal from the federal district court ruling that struck down California’s Proposition 8 (which overturned marriages of same-sex couples in California) as unconstitutional in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry (“Perry”), leaving intact the district court’s ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. This advisory summarizes the estate and income tax planning opportunities and other topics for consideration arising from the Windsor and Perry decisions. Married same-sex couples should consult with their advisors in light of their particular facts and circumstances in order to take maximum advantage of the change in the law. Unmarried same-sex couples should now consider whether to marry.

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MR

Hat Tip: Angelique Devaux

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Iranian Single Women Can Adopt

From Tehran:

TEHRAN – The director of children and adolescence office at the Welfare Organization has announced that a regulation is being introduced that would allow single women over 30 to adopt girls.

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MR

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