Family Law Prof Blog

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

Friday, January 9, 2015

Child Support Enforcement in Indiana

From RTV6:

Some county prosecutors in Indiana have begun hiring their own child support investigators with law enforcement powers as a more aggressive way to find child support fugitives.

Counties employing this approach said it is getting results to address a multibillion-dollar problem in Indiana, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

Read more here.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Child Support Payor Victim of Statutory Rape

From USA Today:

Nick Olivas became a father at 14, a fact he wouldn't learn for eight years.

While in high school, Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.

State law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent with an adult under any circumstance, making Olivas a rape victim. Olivas didn't press charges and says he didn't realize at the time that it was even something to consider.

The two went their separate ways. Olivas, now 24 and living in Phoenix, graduated from high school, went to college and became a medical assistant.

Then two years ago, the state served him with papers demanding child support. That's how he found out he had a then-6-year-old daughter.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gender & Child Support

From Time:

The latest celebrity tussle over child support has an unusual twist. The parent seeking a reduction in child-support payments is the mother, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry. The parent collecting the checks is her ex-boyfriend, French-Canadian fashion model Gabriel Aubry, who shares custody of their 6-year-old daughter Nahla. The gossip website TMZ reports that Berry has petitioned the judge overseeing the couple’s custody arrangement to reduce the monthly child-support payment of $16,000 to just $3,000, alleging that Aubry is refusing to get a job. Is this what equality looks like? Sometimes, it is—though the reactions to this skirmish show that a double standard definitely persists when it comes to men “living off” women.


Would a woman collecting a lot of child support from her wealthy ex be derided as a lazy bum? Certainly not. (She might be attacked as a greedy vixen, but such attacks would likely be seen as misogynist.) For all the feminism-inspired changes in cultural beliefs about what it means to be a woman or a man, the idea that providing for one’s family is an essential part of masculinity has endured. While 40% of mothers in the U.S. are now their family’s primary breadwinner—including nearly a quarter of married moms—nearly a third of Americans still agree it’s best for everyone when the man provides for his family. One person’s Mr. Mom is another’s Mr. Bum.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Child Support Enforcement in Virginia

From Washington Post:

A slow-moving but seismic shift is taking hold in Virginia’s child support enforcement community of judges and lawyers and case managers. That shift, still underway, has seen the rise of new partnerships between child support enforcement, the courts, social service agencies and fatherhood programs seeking to figure out what’s keeping parents from paying the child support they owe. And then — this is the seismic part — helping those parents  address their issues instead of locking them up. The state’s Intensive Case Monitoring Program joins a national movement nearly a decade in the making in which problem-solving measures in child support enforcement have been replacing punitive ones.

As they say in child support, there is a difference between deadbeat and dead-broke, and discerning it is key. Civil contempt is meant to coerce a parent to pay and get out of jail, says Craig Burshem, the director of Virginia’s Department of Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement. “It’s not meant to be a debtor’s prison.”

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Parental Autonomy or Neglect?

From USA Today:

The parents of three young children are petitioning child protective services, saying the state of Washington unlawfully removed the children from their home after the mother gave birth to the two youngest in an unassisted home delivery.

However, child protective services countered that a home delivery alone would not trigger intervention.  Read more here.


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

New HBO Show

From CBS News:

Sarah Jessica Parker is reportedly posed for a return to HBO, a decade after finishing her run on the network as Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City."  Play Video Sarah Jessica Parker on shoe line: "I wanted a shoe that I would be proud offering"  HBO is nearing a deal for a new comedy called "Divorce" that would likely star and be produced by Parker, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Divorce City

From the Washington Post:

He’s a fabulously wealthy fashion tycoon. She’s a former Miss Malaysia with an Imelda Marcos-scale shoe fetish.

They have homes in five countries and, after 43 years of marriage, share one big problem: They can’t agree on where to get divorced.

So for the past two years, Tan Sri Khoo Kay Peng and Pauline Chai have been slugging it out in the courts, spending millions of dollars in legal fees to decide where they’ll ultimately divide the hundreds of millions left in the bank: Malaysia or England.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!


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