Monday, June 16, 2014

Unmarried Fathers' Rights

From Professor Clare Huntington (Fordham Law), writing for the New York Times:

The fathers’ rights movement contends that the treatment of fathers and mothers is unequal under the law, but the real difference is between married and unmarried fathers.

My research shows that family law makes it much harder for unmarried fathers to sustain a relationship with their children. In most states, if a child is born to married parents, the mother’s husband is automatically established as the legal father. By contrast, unmarried fathers have to take additional steps to establish parentage.

Read more here.

MR

June 16, 2014 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tough Dating

From the Atlantic:

Think modern dating is tough? Try hunting for a husband or wife in the Druze community—adherents are forbidden from marrying outside of the faith.

Read more here.

MR

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Divorces Create Millionaires

From the Telegraph:

High profile divorces are bolstering the number of female multi-millionaires with the trend expected to continue as more wealthy couples square up in British courts this year.

The number of women on the Sunday Times Rich List has risen by nearly 50 per cent in 10 years, from 78 to 114.

However just two women, JK Rowling, 48, and Tamara Mellon, 46, have made fortunes in their own right. The rest have inherited their vast wealth or own businesses jointly with their husbands, or have won it in divorce hearings.

Read more here.

MR

 

 

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Reluctant Grandmas

From Daily Mail:

Many 50-somethings are loath to swap careers and killer heels for knitting bootees. But their unwillingness to embrace grandmotherhood is sparking controversy. 

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Older First-Time Moms

From CDC:

A recent NCHS Data Brief, drawing on data collected through the National Vital Statistics System, has received nationwide media attention for its findings on first-time births to older mothers. Data Brief No. 152, "First Births to Older Women Continue to Rise," found significant increases over the past four decades in the average age of women at the birth of their first child. The study's authors, T. J. Mathews and Dr. Brady Hamilton, ascribed this increase in part to the shift in first births to women 35 years and older.

Read more here.

MR

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Father's Rights

Hanna Rosin, writing for Slate, considers the fathers' rights movement here.

MR

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Mother-Daughter Relationships

From Vox:

Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, analyzed hours' worth of conversations between mothers and daughters for her book You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. She discovered a central tension in the mother-daughter relationship: mothers want to protect their daughters, so they offer advice that they think will make their daughters' lives easier. Daughters, on the other hand, want approval from their mothers, so they interpret this advice as criticism, as proof that they're imperfect.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: SH

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Huntington: "Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships"

Clare Huntington (Fordham Law School) has published a new book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (Oxford University Press 2014).  Here is Oxford’s description:

Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individuals and society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America.

Failure to Flourish contends that we must re-orient the legal system to help families avoid crises and, when conflicts arise, intervene in a manner that heals relationships. To understand how wrong our family law system has gone and what we need to repair it, Failure to Flourish takes us from ancient Greece to cutting-edge psychological research, and from the chaotic corridors of local family courts to a quiet revolution under way in how services are provided to families in need. Incorporating the latest insights of positive psychology and social science research, the book sets forth a new, more emotionally intelligent vision for a legal system that not only resolves conflict but actively encourages the healthy relationships that are at the core of a stable society.

MR

June 7, 2014 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Confidence Gap

From the Atlantic:

For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded.

We’ve made undeniable progress. In the United States, women now earn more college and graduate degrees than men do. We make up half the workforce, and we are closing the gap in middle management. Half a dozen global studies, conducted by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Columbia University, have found that companies employing women in large numbers outperform their competitors on every measure of profitability. Our competence has never been more obvious. Those who closely follow society’s shifting values see the world moving in a female direction.

And yet, as we’ve worked, ever diligent, the men around us have continued to get promoted faster and be paid more. The statistics are well known: at the top, especially, women are nearly absent, and our numbers are barely increasing. Half a century since women first forced open the boardroom doors, our career trajectories still look very different from men’s.

Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

T&E and Family Law Case in Iowa

From On Brief:

Is a post-nuptial agreement, entered into in Florida and with a Florida choice of law provision, enforceable in Iowa, even if it would normally be invalid as violating public policy? Yes, said the Iowa Supreme Court.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Army Spouse of the Year

From the Army webpage:

Reda Hicks, an Army wife and attorney who works to improve the lives of military families, was recognized...as Army Spouse of the Year.

Hicks received her award Friday, on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, at the seventh annual Military Spouse of the Year luncheon. Sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance, Military Spouse magazine created the award in 2008 to honor military spouses of all ranks and from all service branches who support and maintain the home front.

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Hicks was cited for her work as a leader of the Military Spouse JD Network, a group of attorneys who work to improve the lives of military families. As a partner in a Houston-based law firm, Hicks also represents professional military spouses who pursue a career while also supporting their service member.

Read more here.

MR

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hasday: Family Law Reimagined

Jill Elaine Hasday (Univeristy of Minnesota Law) has published a new book, Family Law Reimagined (Harvard University Press 2014), available here:

One of the law’s most important and far-reaching roles is to govern family life and family members.  Family law decides who counts as kin, how family relationships are created and dissolved, and what legal rights and responsibilities come with marriage, parenthood, sibling ties, and other family bonds.  Yet despite its significance, the field remains remarkably understudied and poorly understood both within and outside the legal community.
Family Law Reimagined is the first book to explore the canonical narratives, stories, examples, and ideas that legal decisionmakers repeatedly invoke to explain family law and its governing principles.  These stories contend that family law is exclusively local, that it repudiates market principles, that it has eradicated the imprint of common law doctrines which subordinated married women, that it is dominated by contract rules permitting individuals to structure their relationships as they choose, and that it consistently prioritizes children’s interests over parents’ rights.
In this book, Jill Elaine Hasday reveals how family law’s canon misdescribes the reality of family law, misdirects attention away from the actual problems that family law confronts, and misshapes the policies that legal authorities pursue.  She demonstrates how much of the “common sense” that decisionmakers expound about family law actually makes little sense.
Family Law Reimagined uncovers and critiques the family law canon and outlines a path to reform.  The book challenges conventional answers and asks questions that judges and lawmakers routinely overlook.  It calls on us to reimagine family law.

MR

June 3, 2014 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 2, 2014

CA's Modern Family Act

From the Washington Post:

California legislators are hoping to make resolving the tricky issue of parental rights as easy as filling out a form.

Want to make sure a sperm donor can’t claim to be a father? Check here. And vice versa. Or at least that’s the hope of the “Modern Family Act.”

But can you really check a box to sign away your rights to a child? Perhaps, but it’s probably not going to be that easy.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Divorce Parties...In Iran?

From the BBC:

The parties sometimes require extravagant preparations, complete with black roses and huge cakes, the conservative Jomhuri-ye Eslami newspaper reports. "You go to a florist to order a bouquet of black roses. Next you come to us to order invitation cards," one card shop owner tells the paper.

"I don't miss you at all," says one invitation, quoting the lyrics of a Persian pop hit.

Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

British Parents Must Agree on Child Support or Pay Fee

From BBC:

Thousands of letters are to be sent to single parents in Britain informing them of changes to their child maintenance arrangements.

The government wants parents to agree their child maintenance agreements "amicably" or face a charge.

It said the changes were necessary as the old set-up was costly for taxpayers.

Read more here.

MR

May 29, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Adoption Law in Washington

From kirotv:

A new law will open access to original, pre-adoption birth certificates for all Washington-born adult adoptees beginning in July, state officials announced Tuesday.

That means people who have wondered who their birth parents are may now find out without a lengthy court process. The state is taking pre-orders for original birth certificates now.

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MR

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

International Adoption

From the Washington Times:

A bipartisan bill to reform international adoption in the U.S. is running into stiff opposition.

Proponents say U.S. foreign policy and programming need to be reorganized to help ensure that millions of orphans are relocated from institutions to families, and that ethical, inter-country adoption by Americans is part of that solution.

Read more here.

MR

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Corporal Punishment in France

From the Local:

France seems no nearer to banning the spanking of children, known as la fessée, after a planned debate in parliament to discuss a proposed bill was halted.

Members of France’s Greens group had put forward an amendment to a new Family Law bill that would have seen an end to la fessée. 

"Legal guardians cannot use corporal punishment or physical violence against children," read the text of the proposal penned by French Greens deputee François-Michel Lambert.

"Violence is never obligatory to assert parental authority," Lambert said, before expressing his confusion over the fact that if "a father slaps his son", in the street people find it "almost normal", but not if it is a woman who is struck.

Lambert said the law would bring France in line with 18 other European countries.

Read more here.

MR

May 26, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Child Support in OH

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Deadbeat parents who win big at Ohio casinos and racinos might not keep all their winnings.

Tucked into Gov. John Kasich’s off-year state budget is a provision that allows gambling winnings to be seized to pay overdue child support.

The Senate begins hearings today on House Bill 483. The legislation passed the House last month.

Read more here.

MR

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Friday, May 23, 2014

World's Most Expensive Divorce: $4.5 billion

From CNN:

Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev is set to lose half his wealth after being ordered to pay his former wife $4.5 billion in a settlement dubbed the "most expensive divorce in history."

Elena Rybolovleva's lawyer Marc Bonnant said the order from a Geneva court was unprecedented, and "this record judgment is a complete victory."

However, Rybolovlev's spokesman Sergey Chernitsyn said the divorce was still a "win" for the oligarch. The two had been battling over the settlement for six years, after Elena Rybolovleva, the oligarch's wife of 23 years, filed for divorce.

Rybolovlev's total wealth is estimated at $8.8 billion, according to the 2014 Forbes list of billionaires.

Read more here.

MR

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