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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Commentary on Jason P v. Danielle S

From Naomi Cahn, writing for the American Fertility Association:

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for Los Angeles County issued its opinion in Jason P v. Danielle S.  In this highly publicized decision, the court allowed a known sperm donor to try to prove his paternity, and the case has sent ripples throughout the world of people who have used – or are thinking about using – known donors to build their families.

As most of us know, Jason P. is the actor Jason Patric, and Danielle S. is Danielle Schreiber. As has been reported in multiple news outlets, Patric and Schreiber were involved romantically for a number of years, and the two of them tried for a pregnancy via sexual intercourse as well as through intrauterine insemination procedures. None of their attempts were successful and ultimately, Schreiber moved out of Patric’s house, tried to become pregnant with an anonymous sperm donor, and informed Patric that she was going to become a single mother.  Patric reportedly then gave Schreiber a letter stating that, although he was not ready to be a father, he would provide his sperm to her if she kept the arrangement confidential and did not let anyone else know about his “gift.”   Around that time, Schreiber decided to try In Vitro Fertilization.  Both Schreiber and Patric signed informed consent forms provided by the clinic and Schreiber allegedly filled in both her name and Patric’s name where the form asked for the “Intended Parent.’”[1] Using Patric’s sperm, Schreiber then became pregnant with Gus.  
The Jason Patric case does not mean that all known donors suddenly become fathers or mothers in the eyes of the law.  In this case, the wrinkle added by Patric's claim to paternity occurred, because the court decided to look at events which happened after Gus was born.  

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Unmarried Fathers in Scotland

From QuantumValeat:

There has been some interesting news filtering out from Scotland over the past few days. On Tuesday this week (6th May 2014),  The Public Petitions Committee heard evidence on a petition calling for equal rights for unmarried fathersThe petition has been raised by Ron Park, an unmarried father of a young son  whom he does not see because the child’s mother does not allow it. “There is no protection issue, no order to remove me, she simply felt like she wanted rid of me,” writes Mr Park on his blog.

I have previously blogged about the issues faced by unmarried fathers who do not have Parental Rights and Responsibilities – The continuing disadvantage of unmarried fathers - without PRR; which an unmarried father can only acquire by virtue of the relationship with the mother, in that the mother has to agree to have the father’s name on the birth certificate – or via a lengthy, time-consuming and expensive legal process.  The case of Principal Reporter v K [2010] highlights this lengthy procedure. 

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Pennsylvania's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

From Yahoo! News:

Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized same-sex unions throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs — a widow, 11 couples and one couple's teenage daughters — courageous for challenging the constitutionality of the ban passed by lawmakers in 1996.

"We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history," the judge wrote.

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May 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Oregon's Same-Sex Ban Struck Down

From the Washington Post:

A U.S. District Court judge struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage Monday, the seventh ruling that a state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision invalidating sections of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The decision came after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by the National Organization for Marriage to stay the ruling. The Oregon judge, Michael McShane, had denied NOM’s effort to intervene in the case.

“Because Oregon’s marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest,” McShane wrote, ”the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

“I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families,” he wrote. “Families who we would expect our constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure.”

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What is a Father?

From WPTV:

A ruling in actor Jason Patric's custody battle could have repercussions for an unexpected population - women who use fertility treatments.

Legal experts say an appellate court ruling issued Wednesday in favor of Patric's fight to regain visitation with his son could lead to changes in cases like his, in which a man donates sperm to a woman he knows and then maintains a relationship with the child.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Child Support Case in Nebraska

From 10TV:

The Nebraska Supreme Court says a judge was wrong to reverse a Minnesota man's order to pay child support because a DNA test says he wasn't the father.

The Lincoln Journal-Star ( ) reports a majority of the split court says in Friday's ruling that the district court overstepped authority by turning a motion to modify child support payments into a paternity challenge.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Child Support in RI

From WPRI:

If you’re waiting on a child support payment in Rhode Island, you’re not alone. Eyewitness News has learned Rhode Island ranks towards the bottom of the pack when it comes to tracking down past due and missing child support payments.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Alimony Tax Discrepancies

A Press Release from theTreasury Inspector General for Tax Administration:

A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) publicly released today identifies a $2.3 billion gap between the amount of alimony deductions claimed by taxpayers in 2010 and corresponding income reported.

Individuals who pay alimony can deduct the amount paid from income on their tax return to reduce the amount of tax an individual must pay. Alimony recipients must, in turn, claim the amount received as income on their tax return. An alimony income reporting discrepancy occurs either when individuals claim deductions for alimony which they did not pay or individuals do not report alimony income they received.

TIGTA initiated this audit to evaluate whether there is an alimony reporting gap and to assess controls the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has in place to promote alimony reporting compliance.

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Hat Tip: TaxProf Blog

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Barred from Having More Kids

From the Washington Post:

An Ohio appeals court upheld an order barring a father from having more kids until he pays child support for the ones he already has.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Taxing Alimony

From Forbes:

When money flows from one ex-spouse to another it will generally be one of three things – alimony, child support or property division.  Alimony has tax consequences.  It reduces the adjusted gross income of the paying ex-spouse and increases the income of the receiving ex-spouse.  If this is news to you and you are of the plotting sort, you probably immediately leaped to a conclusion.  As long as the paying spouse is in a higher bracket than the receiving spouse, let’s call it alimony and we’ll figure out how to share the savings.  Much as we might hate one another, we hate paying taxes more.

If that is how your thinking went, you just ran afoul of Reilly’s Second Law of Tax Planning - Any clever idea that is fairly obvious runs into rules that make it hard. The rules in this case are in the Internal Revenue Code Section 71.  They are designed to not allow alimony treatment to payments that are in substance child support or property division.  If a payment meets all the requirements of alimony, the agreement can still state that it is not to be treated as alimony for tax purposes.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Adoption Tradition

Read and hear an audio here about the only known family in the United Kingdom with 3 generations of adopting.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Same-Sex Adoption Case in France

From the Guardian:

A married French woman has been told she cannot adopt the child she and her partner had by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

In a surprise ruling, a court in Versailles said the same-sex couple defrauded the French law which bars homosexuals from medically assisted procreation by undergoing the procedure in neighbouring Belgium.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

free red rose flower clip art

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