Saturday, May 10, 2014

Establishing Paternity

An interesting case from Indiana came down yesterday: can the state order genetic testing to establish paternity when there is no claim for support or custody because the baby was born stillborn?  Read the opinion here.

MR

Hat Tip: Susan DeMaine

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Friday, May 9, 2014

What is a Father?

From the New York Times:

He is a movie star who shot to fame on a motorcycle in “The Lost Boys.” She is a California massage therapist from a prominent East Coast family. Four years ago, with his sperm, her eggs and the wonder of in vitro fertilization, they produced a child.

From there, the tale gets very, very messy.

For the last two years, Jason Patric and Danielle Schreiber have been waging what has become one of the highest-profile custody fights in the country — one that scrambles a gender stereotype, raises the question of who should be considered a legal parent and challenges state laws that try to bring order to the Wild West of nonanonymous sperm donations.

Played out on cable news, dueling “Today” show appearances, YouTube videos and radio call-in talk shows, this rancorous dispute, which heads back into a California courtroom next Thursday, serves as cautionary tale for any man considering donating sperm to a friend and any woman considering accepting it from one, experts say.

“The resonance here is enormous because of the increasing number of families being formed today outside of traditional marriage,” said Naomi R. Cahn, a family law professor at George Washington University and the author of “Test Tube Families.” “Single heterosexual women, lesbian couples, men who donate sperm expecting to be part of a child’s life — they had better be paying attention.”

Read more here.

MR

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Child Support in WI

From Fox6:

Nearly half of all children in Milwaukee County rely – in one way or another – on child support.  When parents don’t pay up, the consequences may be more far-reaching than you think.  Now, there is a program in Milwaukee County that’s cracking down on deadbeat parents.

“Go out and knock on the door.  A simple knock on the door,” Maureen Atwell said.

Atwell says this program is a game-changer.

“We’re not looking for people who failed to pay their child support because they were too poor to pay or just lost their job.  We’re looking for people who really have the resources and ability to pay child support and they just choose not to,” Atwell said.

Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wedding Videos

From the New York Times:

Kiko Zeng and Eric Cheng’s courtship plays out like something out of a storybook. It is love at first sight. Their first touch is a shy, slow-motion handshake, with neither wanting to let go, until friends pull them apart.

Soon they are chatting online, Ms. Zeng while on a pink bedspread typing on a Hello Kitty laptop, Mr. Cheng in a minimalist bedroom. Chinese characters flash across the screen: Will she come on a date? She agrees. He throws his laptop to the side and pumps his hands in a victory gesture.

Fast-forward to an evening in front of a carousel. Mr. Cheng takes a small box from his pocket and hands it to her. She opens it, perplexed, then disappointed: just a red plastic ring. But then he brings out a second box and kneels before her. Inside is a real engagement ring. Will she marry him? She nods enthusiastically, beaming. Their friends suddenly appear, holding up signs that spell out M-A-R-R-Y M-E.

At least that’s how it looks in their wedding video. Who knows how it really happened? At Paris Wedding Center, a company with three locations in the Chinatowns of Manhattan and Flushing, Queens, the lines between reality and fairy tale are blurred.

Not only are photos and videos often taken months before the ceremony, they also don’t necessarily document actual events.

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pre-Divorce Counseling

From Channel NewsAsia:

SINGAPORE: Couples seeking divorce may be asked to attend counselling even before they file for court proceedings, under a move to put their children's needs first.

The Law and Social and Family Development Ministries are considering what is described as "pre-filing" programmes, under a review of the Family Justice System.

Read more here.

MR

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Collaborative Divorce

From CNBC:

Divorce will never be a walk in the park, but it doesn't have to be a traumatic process, either.

So say practitioners of collaborative divorce, a relatively new approach that avoids the court system and puts negotiations and decisions directly in the hands of the spouses—with help from specially trained attorneys and neutral support professionals.

Read more here.

MR

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Monday, May 5, 2014

China Smog Causes Divorce

From the International Business Times:

A man in China filed for divorce after his wife escaped the notorious smog of Beijing and went to a tropical island province along with their son. The man said that their marriage was thereafter destroyed as it became a long-distance relationship.

Read more here.

MR

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Divorce is Contagious

From CBN News:

Divorce could be contagious, according to new research from Brown University. 

The study, conducted in Framingham, Massachusetts, shows that if a friend or loved one gets one that raises your chances.

Researchers discovered 75 percent of participants were more likely to end their marriage if a friend was divorced.

Read more here.

MR

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Friday, May 2, 2014

In Health and In...

From TIME:

A new study of 2,717 couples by researchers at the University of Michigan finds that not only did 31 percent of marriages involving at least one sick partner end in divorce, but the risk of separation for older couples was higher when the wife, not her husband, was ill.

Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Child Support in KS

From the Chanute Tribune:

The Kansas Department of Children and Families is developing a program to supply non-custodial parents relief from child support arrears (unpaid child support) dedicated to replace Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit funds.

Under the program, non-custodial parents ordered to pay child support to custodial parents receiving TANF benefits would have the option of opening a savings account for their children and receiving relief from child support arrears.

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Child Support in Australia

From the Australian:

THE Abbott government has called for a parliamentary inquiry into how the child support system works, including links between it and the Family Court.

The last Coalition government, the Howard government, held a historic parliamentary inquiry into the child custody system that led to widespread changes including “shared parenting”.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has announced it has commenced a new inquiry into the Child Support Program, as requested by the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews.

Read more here.

MR

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Child Support in NJ

From CBS Philly:

New Jersey is offering a one-week amnesty program for parents who owe child support.

Parents who are behind on their child support payments can avoid jail time and other penalties if they come in to make payments or to work out payment plans, says Camden County freeholder Scot McCray.

Read more here.

MR

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Divorce Division of Lotto Millions

From USA Today:

A man who won $2 million in the Hoosier Lottery while separated from his wife has to give her only 2.5% of the winnings, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

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Judges in "separate property" states may divide assets "in any manner that is just and reasonable, and that determination depends on the facts of the case," said Margaret Ryznar, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

"Often the court will divide marital assets in a proportion resembling 50-50, but there is room for departure depending on the court's judgment," she explained.

"Here, the departure is not surprising given that the husband and wife were living entirely separate lives by the time of the lotto winnings. Thus, while this is an interesting case to see how an Indiana court would divide lotto winnings in an estranged marriage, the result may differ in the next case depending on the facts of that marriage."

Read more here.

MR

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Divorce Financial Mistakes

From the Wall Street Journal:

Divorce can often bring about tumultuous times for a family. Sometimes they can go very smooth, and others can literally be "The War of the Roses." Either way, couples often make financial mistakes that can lead to problems down the road. The No. 1 mistake that I have seen among divorcing couples is their lack of consideration around liquidity of assets.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Marriagble Men

From Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, writing for Slate:

When Lily looks around at the available men, they don’t offer what she is looking for. Lily, just like better-off men and women, believes that marriage means an unqualified commitment to the other spouse. When you marry someone, you support him in hard times. You stick with him when he disappoints you. You visit him if he ends up in jail. And you encourage him to become an important part of your children’s lives.  It’s just that Lily doesn’t believe that Carl is worth that commitment. Nor does she believe that she will meet someone who will meet her standards anytime soon, and the statistics back her up.

The economy has changed. A higher percentage of men today than 50 years ago have trouble finding steady employment, securing raises and promotions, or remaining sober and productive.

Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Paternity Leave in Academia

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

To help women in academia advance, elite universities should consider scrapping their generous paternity policies. That is the counterintuitive conclusion of a research paper published in the January issue of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary & Cultural Psychology.

The writers, Steven Rhoads of the University of Virginia and his son, Christopher Rhoads, of the University of Connecticut, studied a sample of 181 married, heterosexual, tenure-track professors all of whom had children under two and taught at schools with parental-leave policies. While 69 percent of the women in the sample took post-birth parental leave, only 12 percent of the men took advantage of the available leave—even though it was paid. They also learned that the male professors who did so performed significantly less child care relative to their spouses. Worse yet, they report that male tenure-track professors may be abusing paternity leave by using the time to complete research or publish papers, an activity that enhances their careers while putting their female colleagues at a disadvantage. One female participant quoted in the study put it this way: “If women and men are both granted parental leaves and women recover/nurse/do primary care and men do some care and finish articles, there’s a problem.”

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last American Adoption from Crimea

From ABC:

As the overnight train pulled up to Crimea’s new border with Ukraine, Kristine Proctor held her breath. Armed soldiers outside the window peered inside.

“Are there any foreigners?” they asked the conductor. He pointed at Proctor and her companions: the girl she was adopting from a Crimean orphanage and Inna, the Ukrainian woman who was helping them escape.

“Two Americans,” the conductor replied. The soldiers didn’t ask any more questions and moved on. Eventually the train continued on its way to Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.

Proctor exhaled. Her daughter had made it out as the last Crimean orphan adopted by Americans.

Read more here.

MR

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Utah on Adoptions

From Time:

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved a measure that will require unwed mothers to tell birth fathers that they plan to give custody of their children to adoption agencies.

Read more here.

MR

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Grandparents & Grandchildren

A new study suggests that to stay sharp, grandparents should spend 1 day per week with grandchildren.  However, spending 5 or more days per week with grandchildren may have negative imact on the grandparents.  Read the article here.

MR

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hiring Help

From the Atlantic:

When Lorrie Moore, acclaimed author of A Gate at The Stairs and Birds of America, released Bark, her first short story collection in 16 years, on February 25th, critics were dismayed to find that such a long wait had produced such a slim body of work. “I’ll admit that when I first saw its modest size and table of contents—eight stories? One every two years?—I felt let down,” David Gates wrote in The New York Times Book Review.  Philip Hensher at The Guardian also lamented Moore’s production rate in crafting a modest volume of stories, writing, “Eight stories since 2003 is not a great deal, especially when three of them weren't worth publishing.”

Moore herself, however, explained to The New York Times that it’s difficult to both publish and maintain her day job as a writing professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Moore, a divorcée and single mother, noted, “There are some men I know who are teaching and writing who are single fathers. But not many. Most of them have these great, devoted wives, some version of Vera Nabokov. Writers all need Vera.”

Twenty-three years after her death, Vera Nabokov remains a revered figure in capital “L” Literature—not necessarily for her own work, but for devoting herself fully to that of her husband, the great Vladimir Nabokov. Vera not only performed all the duties expected of a wife of her era—that is, being a free live-in cook, babysitter, laundress, and maid (albeit, she considered herself a “terrible housewife”)—but also acted as her husband’s round-the-clock editor, assistant, and secretary. In addition to teaching his classes on occasion (in which Nabokov openly referred to her as “my assistant”), Vera also famously saved Lolita, the work that would define her husband’s career, several times from incineration, according to Stacy Schiff ‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2000 biography, Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). With Vera by his side, Nabokov published 18 novels between 1926 and 1974 (both in Russian and English). Through 1976, the year before his death, he also published 10 short story collections and nine poetry collections along with criticism, plays, uncollected short stories, and translations.

Read more here.

MR

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