Family Law Prof Blog

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

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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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