Family Law Prof Blog

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DC and Child Support Amnesty

From The Washington Post:

Nearly 40 percent of parents who are obligated to pay child support in the District of Columbia are behind in their payments. Now, the office of the attorney general is trying to get some of them back on track — and recoupe some of an estimated cumulative $250 million in unpaid child support — by offering an amnesty program.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Salvador Dali Paternity Disclaimed

From CBS News:

MADRID -- A paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman's claim that she is the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the deceased painter's foundation announced Wednesday. 

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Divorce Rates By Occupation

From Quartz News:

Much ink has been spilled over divorce rates in the United States: they’re rising; they’re falling; they’ve barely changed in the past 50 years. In reality, while Americans are getting married later, the 50% divorce rate statistic is a myth. Divorce rates vary by factors like race, education level, and employment status, and now we have a pretty good picture of how they vary by occupation.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Kentucky Trial Threatens Last Abortion Clinic

From NPR:

Kentucky is down to only one clinic that performs abortions: the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville. A trial kicking off Wednesday morning in federal court in Louisville will decide whether Kentucky will become the first state without a single such clinic.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tried to shut down the EMW center earlier this year after his administration told the clinic it was failing to meet state health regulations requiring clinics that provide abortions to have transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services in case of medical emergencies.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fed Judge Blocks Texas on Abortion

From CBS News:

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge late Thursday temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing new anti-abortion measures Gov. Greg Abbott signed in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down more sweeping abortion limits. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Australian TV Ad Opposing Gay Marriage

From The New York Times:

SYDNEY, Australia — The first television advertisement advocating a “no” vote in the coming postal survey on legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia aired Tuesday night, with the message that legalization would have damaging effects on children’s experience of gender and sexuality.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Child Marriage Loopholes

From NPR:

Child marriage isn't just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it's also long been an issue in the United States, involving girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Based on state marriage license data and other sources, advocacy groups and experts estimate that between 2000 and 2015 alone, well over 200,000 children — nearly all of them girls — were married. In nearly all cases the husband was an adult.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Criminal Courts Failing Juveniles

From The Nation:

Getting in trouble and getting punished is a natural part of adolescence. But for some teens the punishment is worse than the crime, executed not by a stern parent but by a county judge who leaves them defenseless.

According to a new analysis of youth in court systems, criminal-defense lawyers for young people in many communities are substandard, prohibitively costly, or just completely unavailable. Every day, kids who haven’t even grasped algebra are left to navigate on their own a system that confounds even the most skilled attorneys.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Chile's Female President

From The Washington Post:

Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

Last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a reproductive rights bill sponsored by Bachelet and passed by the congress. The new law will legalize abortions when the mother is at risk, when the fetus is unviable or when the pregnancy resulted from rape. Chile previously banned abortion in all instances.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

India Supreme Court Strikes Down Instant Divorce

From The Washington Post:

NEW DELHI — India’s highest court struck down a legal provision on Tuesday that allowed Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives, taking a stand against a practice increasingly deemed unacceptable in the Muslim world.

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September 3, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Chile Legalizes Gay Marriage

From The Independent:

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Pet Alimony


Whatever Lola wants . . . .

A Lower East Side woman claims in a new lawsuit her ex-husband owes $32,000 in alimony — for their pampered English bulldog, Lola.

When Sarah Bronilla and Joshua Rosen separated in 2012 after six years of marriage, Rosen, 39, agreed he would pay Bronilla, also 39, $200 in monthly dogimony, she says in her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit against him.

Rosen also agreed to cover total food costs and half of the vet bills for Lola.

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