Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Divorce Recovery Conference

From KCTV Kansas City:

A special conference in the metro was created to help women who are going through divorce spread hope and love to others.

Women traveled from as far as 700 miles away to attend this year's "Your Heart's Desires" divorce recovery conference at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Children & Family Relations Bill

From Irish Independent:

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald expects to get Government clearance on Tuesday for a new Children & Family Relations Bill, which she hopes will be put through the Dáil and Seanad by the end of March. Ms Fitzgerald has repeatedly argued that child welfare issues in same-sex marriages, and other relationships apart from traditional marriage, are best dealt with by a separate law and are not part of the referendum debate.

But opponents of the marriage vote, due in May, seriously contest this view. Independent Senator Ronan Mullen said the Government was "putting the cart before the horse" and may well be advancing a new law which goes against the Constitution.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

MN Family Law

From StarTribune:

A package of proposals to reform family law in Minnesota are the result of more than a decade of negotiations capped with difficult but successful compromise, a group of bipartisan lawmakers said Thursday.

The changes, which range from altering child support and parenting time changes to clarifying penalties for parents who deny parenting time to another parent, are the work of lawmakers and family law attorneys.

Lawmakers have long debated the state’s laws governing custody and parenting time. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed legislation in 2012, urging the more than 30 collaborators in the legislative and family law arenas to return to the table with more compromise.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FL Alimony

From Sun Sentinel:

Paying alimony for life soon could be dead in Florida, if the state Legislature approves radical reforms this year.

This would be the second such attempt to do away with an alimony system that some call outdated. The Legislature tried to eliminate lifelong alimony two years ago, but Gov. Rick Scott vetoed it, saying the changes could have eliminated payments to people who already were receiving and depending upon them. The latest effort doesn't include that provision, and proponents are optimistic that the bill will pass now.

For the first time, Florida would get guidelines for how long alimony should be awarded.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Schools' Reaction

From  Jacoba Urist, writing for the Atlantic:

The debates over vaccinations are often cast as arguments over the integrity of science. But they can just as easily be understood as conversations about power, writes Eula Biss, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University, in her book, On Immunity: An Inoculation. As it stands, all 50 states require specific vaccines for school-aged children, although each grants exemptions for students unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. The power struggle—pitting parents against parents—arises in the 19 states that allow families to opt out of vaccination requirements by claiming a "philosophical exemption," whether based on personal, moral, or religious beliefs.

Last month, however, one private Montessori school in Traverse City, Michigan—The Children’s House, which serves infants through children in the eighth grade—changed the power dynamic. As one parent there described it, the school wrested control from a vocal minority of people in their community who don’t believe in vaccinating their children and gave the majority who do their voice back. By revising its admissions policy and refusing to accept new students whose parents opt them out for personal beliefs, The Children’s House illustrates how schools are becoming ground zero for the anti-vaccine dispute. It also serves as an example of how educators—not state legislators or health officials—may be the ones who ultimately resolve the public controversy over immunization requirements.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Suing for Measles

 Jacoba Urist, writing for Today:

Say you take a family trip to Disney Land and your baby gets measles — perhaps suffers severe complications and can no longer hear or is left with brain damage. Would you want to sue the parents who voluntarily decided not to vaccinate their child, thus allowing the disease to pass to your baby?

It’s a growing debate, especially as measles cases in the United States have been rising steadily for the past few years, along with vaccine opt-outs. Should parents be held liable for unvaccinated children, if the decision was based only on a personal belief and they had no medical reason for opting out of their state’s immunization requirements?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Child Support in IN

From WRTV Indianapolis:

The Call 6 Investigators are digging into the state's child support system, which is currently under review by the Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

RTV6 aired a series of reports on child support including a family torn apart by unpaid child support.

It's an issue that affects a lot of Hoosiers: roughly half of Indiana marriages end in divorce, and statistics show 43 percent of babies born in this state are to unmarried parents.

The Call 6 Investigators were flooded with responses from parents who say Indiana's child support system is broken and unfair.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

CA Custody Arrangements

From Ukiah Daily Journal:

A new tool for parents with child custody arrangements was unveiled by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

According to the MCSO, the Child Custody Exchange Location Project, located at 951 Low Gap Road, came about through a partnership between Sheriff Tom Allman and Superior Court Judge David A. Riemenschneider.

The project creates a “safe zone” of parking spaces near the parking lot for the jail that are “well-lit and video-recorded 24/7 with multiple cameras for the purpose of documenting all activity.” It is designed to allow families with court-ordered child custody and visitation agreements to document their exchanges without the direct assistance of law enforcement officers.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MI Child Custody


A new bill introduced in the State House Tuesday will protect the child custody rights of servicemen and women who are deployed.

State Representative Tom Barrett says the courts should not be able to take away custodial rights without a hearing involving both parents.

Under the measure, no changes could be made while one of the parents is deployed. However, if the child is in danger, a judge will have the ability to override the restrictions.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Child Support in TX

From KFOX El Paso:

Millions of dollars have been recovered in child support in El Paso through a state program that puts parents to work instead of sending them to jail.

According to the Texas Attorney General's Office, last year, the state recovered $2.5 million in child support through the Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) Choices Program in El Paso. Records from the Attorney General's office also shows that $12.8 million has been collected in total in El Paso since the program began in 2005.

The NCP program collaborative initiative between the Texas Attorney General's Office and Workforce Solutions began in 2005. The program helps low-income, unemployed, or underemployed non-custodial parents behind on their child support payments find work.
Before this program, officials with Workforce Solutions said in some circumstances, these parents would be sent to jail.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Child Support in OH

From Dayton Daily News:

Taxpayers end up footing the bill through social services for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding child support owed. But a new approach in Montgomery County is having success at making parents pay.

There are 140 people in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court’s felony non-support court — all men. Of those, 35 have warrants for failing to pay child support in amounts ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars. The felony non-support court makes it its business to find out why they aren’t supporting their children.

Established in 2004, the specialized non-support court’s docket targets parents who haven’t made child support payments in 26 weeks or more — meaning they are facing felony charges. By focusing on just these cases, experts learned that many times non-payment is merely a function of unemployment, sometimes due to economic circumstances, other times due to addiction, or being a convicted felon for not paying child support, said Judge Michael Krumholtz, who is assigned to the court.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Child Custody Division

From KNOP News:

Sen. Laura Ebke (Crete) introduced a bill that would encourage judges to more fairly divide custody between separated parents. LB-437 asks that judges split custody by at least 65/35, unless there are circumstances in a case that warrant less visitation.

Ebke says it's important for kids to have both parents in their lives.
"Parents and kids alike, you know, thrive off of each other. The things that a young lady or a young man get from their parents are different. Moms and dads are different creatures and so it's good for them to have exposure to both."

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Same-Sex Adoption in Austria

From ABC News:

Austria's Constitutional Court has ruled that gay couples have the same right as heterosexuals to adopt children.

Before the decision Wednesday, gay partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent.

Explaining the decision, chief judge Gerhart Holzinger says there is "no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation" of the parents.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Taxes & Divorce

From Forbes:

Getting divorced? You have a lot going on. In fact, when you divorce, nearly every vertical of your life changes — including your taxes.

If your marriage is ending, address these tax concerns now. Below are the nuts and bolts of divorce and tax law. But if you are currently negotiating your split, or have a open dialogue with your ex, sit down with a tax professional to explore arrangements that could reduce the tax burden for both of you.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Law Stats from Saudi Arabia

From Saudi Gazette:

Saudi courts received 1,039 child custody cases and 1,188 alimony cases during the last quarter of 2014, according to Ministry of Justice statistics.

The statistics also showed that Makkah had the highest rate of both types of cases with 192 child custody cases and 158 alimony cases, Makkah reported.

The Secretary General of the National Society for Human Rights Khalid Al-Fakhry said the Personal Status Court just opened six months ago but it is already handling all family cases and legal affairs such as child custody, alimony and divorce.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Divorce & The Philippines

From Yahoo News:

The courts did not grant Chatto Realuyo a divorce when it allowed her to end her marriage, 10 years after her husband moved out. They can't. They best they can do is say the marriage never happened.

The Philippines is the only country in the world — aside from the Vatican — where divorce is forbidden, a testament to the enduring power of Roman Catholicism that has flourished since Spanish colonizers imposed it nearly 500 years ago.

Visiting Pope Francis, the church and many of its followers in this Southeast Asian Catholic stronghold of 100 million believe strongly in the indissolubility of marriage. But a growing number of Catholics would support a change.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Facebook & Divorces

From ABC Action News:

Logging onto Facebook numerous times daily has become a common routine for many people.

"There's so much conversation going back and forth on Facebook," St. Petersburg resident Janet Landt said.

For married couples, some of that conversation could lead to divorce.

"I can see where a lot of people would get themselves in trouble," Landt said.

New research from Lake Legal, a law firm in the UK, shows Facebook is being cited in a third of all divorces.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

OH Program in Juvenile Detention Services

From The Marion Star:

A new family-focused program could bridge a gap in juvenile detention services.

The Marion County Family Court has established the Collaboration, Advocacy, Resources and Education for Families in Transition Center, or CARE FIT Center, to create a safe environment for parents and children to use during difficult times.

Stephanie Kreisher, center director, said the court will provide supervised visitation and exchanges for families where there has been a history of conflict, domestic violence, mental illness or child abuse.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Children in Israel

From Redress Information & Analysis:

There are many international treaties and conventions that Israel has either not signed or not ratified. It is the only state in the Middle East not to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It has not signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention either. It has signed but not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention. But one convention it has actually signed is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

While the media in the West have shown little interest in reporting the abuses of children’s and parents’ rights in Israel, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is duty bound to ensure that Israel is respecting its commitments under the UNCRC.

Thus, last week Israeli human rights representatives held a meeting with Jonny Cline, the head of UNICEF in Israel, during which Mr Cline agreed to investigate some of the issues they raised.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

3-Parent Babies

From BBC News:

The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

During the debate, ministers said the technique was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families.

A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year.

Proponents said the backing was "good news for progressive medicine" but critics say they will continue to fight against the technique that they say raises too many ethical and safety concerns.

Estimates suggest 150 three-person babies could be born each year.

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