Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Recognition of Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages in Kentucky

From WFPL News:

A federal judge ruled...that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and the ruling may prelude further strikes against the state's 2004 same-sex marriage ban.

District Judge John G. Heyburn wrote that refusing to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state violates the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause.

Read more here.

MR

February 25, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 24, 2014

DiFonzo & Stern: "Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of American Families"

The University of Michigan Press has just published Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of American Families by J. Herbie DiFonzo and Ruth C. Stern. The book argues that all family forms should be respected and accorded legal equality. But at the same time, the social science evidence is clear that marriage is better than cohabitation for couples, for their children, and for society as a whole. The rise in divorce, cohabitation, single parenthood, and same-sex partnerships, along with an increase in surrogacy, adoption, and assisted reproductive technologies, have led to many and diverse configurations of families, or "intimate associations." The fluidity of modern families may give adults more personal choices, but it comes at the price of economic stability and social well-being. Drawing on a wealth of social science data, the book shows that, by a number of measures, children of married parents fare better than children in a household formed by cohabiting adults. This is not to condemn nontraditional families but rather to point out that society and, particularly, the law do not yet adequately provide for the needs of such families. The text applauds the ways in which courts and legislatures are beginning to replace rigid concepts of marriage and parenthood with the more flexible concept of “functional” family roles. Intimate Associations concludes with a call for the legal system to adapt to the continually changing reality of family life.

February 24, 2014 in Current Affairs, Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Transgender Case in TX

From StarTribune:

A Texas appeals court...overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

The 13th Texas Court of Appeals sent the case of Nikki Araguz back to the lower court, saying "there is a genuine issue of material fact regarding (Araguz's) sex and whether the marriage was a same sex marriage."

In 2011, state District Judge Randy Clapp in Wharton County ruled that the marriage between Nikki Araguz and her husband Thomas Araguz was "void as a matter of law."

Read more here.

MR

February 22, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 21, 2014

OH Court on Alimony/Child Support Modification

A recent Ohio Court of Appeals decision reversed a trial court for not onsidering all of a man's income in deciding his ex-wife's petition to modify his alimony and child support payments.  Download the decision here.

MR

February 21, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Record Number of Women More Educated than Husbands

From Pew:

It used to be more common for a husband to have more education than his wife in America. But now, for the first time since Pew Research has tracked this trend over the past 50 years, the share of couples in which the wife is the one “marrying down” educationally is higher than those in which the husband has more education.

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Divorce Law Ads

A divorce lawyer's clever ads here.

MR

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Friends Can Adopt Child

From the Christian Post:

A judge ruled that a New York City couple who are just friends can legally adopt a child, as mother and father, even though they live in different houses and have no commitment to each other besides friendship and the desire to raise a child together.

Read more here.

MR

February 18, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Upswing for Divorce Financial Planners

From Investment News:

Divorce financial planning has a Rodney Dangerfield history — it got no respect. Formerly besmirched by some as the ambulance chasers of the advice business, planners with this expertise are now becoming a recognized, established and sought-after group.

Read more here.

MR

February 17, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pot Talk for Parents

From  Jacoba Urist, writing for Today:

In retrospect, former first lady Nancy Reagan made the parental “pot talk” a bit easier with her "Just Say No" anti-drug message of the 1980s. 

But now that marijuana is legal in both Washington state and Colorado, parents are finding that talking to kids about pot is a more complicated conversation. Many are wondering: Should we focus more on responsible use, like families and schools do when discussing alcohol use?  

President Obama told the New Yorker that he doesn’t think smoking marijuana is “more dangerous than drinking alcohol.” However, he added: “It’s not something I encourage and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

For the most part, Colorado parents seem to share the president’s attitude. As more licensed marijuana shops pop up, parents are telling their kids the retailers are no different from liquor stores.

Read more here.

MR

February 15, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Contest for Free Divorce Ends Soon

From Jezebel:

If you're married but approaching Valentine's Day with loathing and dread because you're so, so done with your spouse, there's at least one attorney who wants to help you out. That's why he's running a contest for one free divorce. Ain't love grand?

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Offensive Ad

Why does the below TV ad depict America with only 1 woman (a cheerleader, of all possible roles) and no other diversity?

Ballpark Frank Ad - Broadcast Date 1-23-2014

MR

February 12, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Divorcing in London

From CNBC:

January is famously the month in which more people file for divorce than any other. And if your marriage is at an end, you're a member of the international jet set and earn less than your partner, London seems to be the best place to secure a generous settlement.

Read more here.

MR

February 12, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Unequal Pay...Again

From Huffington Post:

Women are significantly less likely than men to receive extended paid leave from their employer, a new poll shows.

In the last few years, just 27 percent of women were paid their full wage when they took more than seven days off to care for themselves, a sick family member or a new baby, the poll says. By contrast, 39 percent of men were paid their full wage during a similar period of leave.

The national survey, commissioned by American Women, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the National Partnership for Women & Families, will be released in its entirety next week. The Huffington Post was offered a preview of the new findings on the discrepancies in extended paid leave among men and women.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

February 11, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cancelled Wedding...by Groom's Sister

From Huffington Post:

A UK woman cancelled her brother's wedding without his knowledge all because she didn't like her sister-in-law-to-be, the Plymouth Herald reports.

Ann Duffy, 50, called the Plymouth Register Office back in November 2013, just 20 days before her brother's big day. Impersonating her now-sister-in-law, Duffy let the office know she wanted to cancel the wedding, a local court recently heard.

The master meddler then called her brother to fill him in on what she had done: “You better put this on speakerphone. I have saved you on the divorce," she said. "I have cancelled your wedding. Would you like me to send you the confirmation email?”

Unfortunately for Duffy, her big plan didn't go quite as she had hoped. Her brother's financée promptly called the police to report the incident and the couple was able to rebook the wedding the next day.

Read more here.

MR

February 10, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Parental Bias

From the New York Times:

MORE than a decade into the 21st century, we would like to think that American parents have similar standards and similar dreams for their sons and daughters. But my study of anonymous, aggregate data from Google searches suggests that contemporary American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny.

Read more here.

MR

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Divorce Mediator for Congress

From Politico:

Strange solutions have been proposed before to get members of Congress to get along , but this time, a divorce mediator thinks she could help. —

Carol Bailey has handled family disputes for decades in her work as a lawyer at Seattle’s Integrative Family Law, and she’s applying her vocation to ease Washington’s gridlock.

Read more here.
 
MR

February 7, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage in Scotland

From the BBC:

A bill which allows same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

The Scottish government said the move was the right thing to do but Scotland's two main churches were opposed to it.

The first gay and lesbian weddings could take place this autumn.

Read more here, and another article on the subject is here.

MR

Hat Tip: Elaine Sutherland

February 6, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Study on Divorce Among Protestants

From the Huffington Post:

Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them, a new study finds.

The study, slated to be published in the American Journal of Sociology, tackles the “puzzling paradox” of why divorce is more common in religiously conservative “red” states. If religious conservatives believe firmly in the value of marriage, why is divorce especially high in places like Alabama and Arkansas?

Read more here.

MR

 

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Relative Divorce Rates

From Want China Times:

Taiwan has a higher divorce rate than that registered in Japan and Singapore, according to data released by the country's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on Tuesday.

In the first 11 months of this year, 49,000 married couples got divorced in Taiwan, equal to an average of 2.3 married couples legally ending their marriages per 1,000 people, the DGBAS data showed.

Read more here.

MR

February 4, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Delaying Marriage

From Chicago Tribune:

Hasse and Pace are typical of today's young, educated couples, according to an analysis of women by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

"Instead of marrying, and then finishing their education, saving money and buying homes, couples plan their weddings after they've started building their lives," said Susan Brown, sociology professor at the center. "Marriage is now viewed as a luxury good that we achieve after we get everything else in order." That is the opposite of what couples did a generation year ago.

Today's young people do not consider themselves "marriage material" until they are educated and financially stable, Brown said. Although women with only high school educations or less were just as likely as their educated counterparts to marry from 1940 to 1960, they have been less and less likely since. Only 28 percent of women with less than a high school diploma now marry.

Read more here.

MR

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