Family Law Prof Blog

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bizarre Prenups

From Marketwatch:

Would you be willing to alter your behavior to tie the knot?

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx made waves when they were spotted holding hands on a beach in Malibu this week. Although the couple has been reportedly dating for five years, it was the first time they were seen together in public — allegedly because Tom Cruise had a clause in his divorce settlement with Holmes prohibiting her from publicly dating another man after their divorce for a certain period of time. (Representatives for Holmes, Foxx, and Cruise did not respond to requests for comment).

Read more here.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

From The Wall Street Journal:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that it has sued Estée Lauder Companies Inc., accusing the beauty giant of violating federal law when it awarded male employees fewer weeks of parental leave than female workers receive.

Read more here.

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Edith Windsor Dies at Age 88

From CNN:

Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the 2013 United States Supreme Court case that struck down a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, has died at 88, according to her lawyer.

Windsor's death was first reported by The New York Times.
As the lead plaintiff in the legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, Windsor was a hero to supporters of LGBT rights, who credited the SCOTUS ruling in her case as being the first step to an eventual ruling two years later that cleared the way for same-sex marriage nationwide.
Read more here.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DC and Child Support Amnesty

From The Washington Post:

Nearly 40 percent of parents who are obligated to pay child support in the District of Columbia are behind in their payments. Now, the office of the attorney general is trying to get some of them back on track — and recoupe some of an estimated cumulative $250 million in unpaid child support — by offering an amnesty program.

Read more here.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Salvador Dali Paternity Disclaimed

From CBS News:

MADRID -- A paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman's claim that she is the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the deceased painter's foundation announced Wednesday. 

Read more here.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Divorce Rates By Occupation

From Quartz News:

Much ink has been spilled over divorce rates in the United States: they’re rising; they’re falling; they’ve barely changed in the past 50 years. In reality, while Americans are getting married later, the 50% divorce rate statistic is a myth. Divorce rates vary by factors like race, education level, and employment status, and now we have a pretty good picture of how they vary by occupation.

Read more here.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Kentucky Trial Threatens Last Abortion Clinic

From NPR:

Kentucky is down to only one clinic that performs abortions: the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville. A trial kicking off Wednesday morning in federal court in Louisville will decide whether Kentucky will become the first state without a single such clinic.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tried to shut down the EMW center earlier this year after his administration told the clinic it was failing to meet state health regulations requiring clinics that provide abortions to have transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services in case of medical emergencies.

Read more here.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fed Judge Blocks Texas on Abortion

From CBS News:

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge late Thursday temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing new anti-abortion measures Gov. Greg Abbott signed in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down more sweeping abortion limits. 

Read more here.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Australian TV Ad Opposing Gay Marriage

From The New York Times:

SYDNEY, Australia — The first television advertisement advocating a “no” vote in the coming postal survey on legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia aired Tuesday night, with the message that legalization would have damaging effects on children’s experience of gender and sexuality.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Child Marriage Loopholes

From NPR:

Child marriage isn't just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it's also long been an issue in the United States, involving girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Based on state marriage license data and other sources, advocacy groups and experts estimate that between 2000 and 2015 alone, well over 200,000 children — nearly all of them girls — were married. In nearly all cases the husband was an adult.

Read more here.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Criminal Courts Failing Juveniles

From The Nation:

Getting in trouble and getting punished is a natural part of adolescence. But for some teens the punishment is worse than the crime, executed not by a stern parent but by a county judge who leaves them defenseless.

According to a new analysis of youth in court systems, criminal-defense lawyers for young people in many communities are substandard, prohibitively costly, or just completely unavailable. Every day, kids who haven’t even grasped algebra are left to navigate on their own a system that confounds even the most skilled attorneys.

Read more here.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Chile's Female President

From The Washington Post:

Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

Last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a reproductive rights bill sponsored by Bachelet and passed by the congress. The new law will legalize abortions when the mother is at risk, when the fetus is unviable or when the pregnancy resulted from rape. Chile previously banned abortion in all instances.

Read more here.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

India Supreme Court Strikes Down Instant Divorce

From The Washington Post:

NEW DELHI — India’s highest court struck down a legal provision on Tuesday that allowed Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives, taking a stand against a practice increasingly deemed unacceptable in the Muslim world.

Read more here.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Chile Legalizes Gay Marriage

From The Independent:

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative.

Read more here.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Pet Alimony


Whatever Lola wants . . . .

A Lower East Side woman claims in a new lawsuit her ex-husband owes $32,000 in alimony — for their pampered English bulldog, Lola.

When Sarah Bronilla and Joshua Rosen separated in 2012 after six years of marriage, Rosen, 39, agreed he would pay Bronilla, also 39, $200 in monthly dogimony, she says in her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit against him.

Rosen also agreed to cover total food costs and half of the vet bills for Lola.

Read more here.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Divorce Research Summary

From Business Insider:

In 2015, the US divorce rate hit a 40-year low.

According to data from Bowling Green State University, there were 16.9 divorces for every 1,000 women that year.

To determine the factors that make divorce more likely and the effects — positive and negative — of ending your marriage, we dug into years of research on the predictors and consequences of marital dissolution. Below, we've highlighted some of the most intriguing findings.

Keep in mind that all these studies offer general takeaways about modern relationships — no one can predict with 100% accuracy what will happen to yours.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Divorce in India Because Lack of Toilet is Torture

From BBC:

An Indian woman has been granted permission to divorce her husband because he would not build a toilet in their home.

The woman in her 20s had been married for five years, but had been forced to relieve herself in nearby fields.

Indian law only allows divorce in limited circumstances such as domestic violence or proven cruelty.

Read more here.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

From the Washington Post:

We are only just beginning to grapple with what it means to cheaply and easily uncover our genetic heritage.

Over the past five years, as the price of DNA testing kits has dropped and their quality has improved, the phenomenon of “recreational genomics” has taken off. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, nearly 8 million people worldwide, but mostly in the United States, have tested their DNA through kits, typically costing $99 or less, from such companies as 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA.

The most popular DNA-deciphering approach, autosomal DNA testing, looks at genetic material inherited from both parents and can be used to connect customers to others in a database who share that material. The results can let you see exactly what stuff you’re made from — as well as offer the opportunity to find previously unknown relatives.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Secrets to Happy Marriage

New York Times readers share their tips for successful marriages here.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

"America, Home of the Transactional Marriage"

From the Atlantic:

Over the last several decades, the proportion of Americans who get married has greatly diminished—a development known as well to those who lament marriage’s decline as those who take issue with it as an institution. But a development that’s much newer is that the demographic now leading the shift away from tradition is Americans without college degrees—who just a few decades ago were much more likely to be married by the age of 30 than college graduates were.

Today, though, just over half of women in their early 40s with a high-school degree or less education are married, compared to three-quarters of women with a bachelor’s degree; in the 1970s, there was barely a difference. The marriage gap for men has changed less over the years, but there the trend lines have flipped too: Twenty-five percent of men with high-school degrees or less education havenever married, compared to 23 percent of men with bachelor’s degrees and 14 percent of those with advanced degrees. Meanwhile, divorce rates have continued to rise among the less educated, while staying more or less steady for college graduates in recent decades.

Read more here.

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