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Florida Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages, At Least When the Time Comes for Divorce

A same-sex couple were married in Massachusetts in October 2012. They later moved to Florida, and one of the spouses filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Florida, even though Florida does not recognize same-sex...more

New Rules Bring New Requirements in the Fifth DCA

If you are a registered filer with e-DCA, you may have received this notice from the Fifth DCA last week. Because of changes to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, attorneys are now required to notify the appellate...more

Bankruptcy Beat: A Post-Divorce Judgment Stipulation That Modifies Obligations to a Former Spouse Does Not Likewise Modify The...

On March 3, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision in Swiatowiec v. Swiatowiec (In re Swiatowiec), Adv. Pro. No. 11-2074, concerning the issue of whether obligations to a former spouse incurred in the...more

New DOL Rule Redefining “Spouse” Temporarily Placed on Hold

A new Department of Labor rule defining “spouse” for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was to take effect March 27, 2015, but on March 26, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction staying...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC36342 - Budrawich v. Budrawich Post-dissolution motion to modify child support denial was upheld by the Appellate Court due to lack of substantial change in circumstances, when ex-husband’s increased income was not...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19245 - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey - SC19245 Concurrence - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey Holding that a separation agreement that requires the payment of unallocated alimony and child support ‘‘until the …. [w]ife’s...more

Divorce Papers Served by Facebook: Cold or Practical?

Calling social media “the next frontier in the developing law of the service of process over the internet,” a New York judge has allowed service of divorce papers via Facebook private messaging. This is either a cold invasion...more

New York court permits plaintiff to serve divorce summons through Facebook message

The Manhattan Supreme Court recently permitted the plaintiff in divorce proceedings to serve the divorce summons to her husband through a private Facebook message. Justice Matthew Cooper acknowledged that the plaintiff’s...more

Establishing Paternity in New Jersey: Why It’s Legally Significant

Many people believe that when a man’s name is indicated on a child’s birth certificate, that name is enough to establish paternity. However, that is not necessarily the case, particularly since the mother can list anyone she...more

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Property Dispute Between Former Same-Sex Domestic Partners

In Hewitt v. Hewitt in 1979, the Illinois Supreme Court decided that for public policy reasons, Illinois courts cannot decide property disputes between unmarried couples. In the closing days of the March term, the Court...more

Divorce By Social Media

This morning, I appeared on Fox29 in Philadelphia where I discussed and commented on a recent case out of Brooklyn, New York. In this matter, a divorcing party was granted permission to serve initial process by way of...more

State of Celebration Standard Now in Effect for FMLA

In a previous blog, I wrote about regulations issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposing to revise the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to be based on the law of the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Doctrine of Equitable Adoption Doesn’t Apply to Parentage Proceedings

Two years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court recognized the doctrine of equitable adoption in the context of an estate proceeding. In In re Parentage of Scarlet Z.-D., the Court was presented with the question of whether the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Recognize Self-Critical Analysis Privilege

The self-critical analysis privilege – the notion that organizations should be able to take a candid look at their own procedures and performance without fear of being forced to disclose the results in discovery – has been...more

Challenging So-Called “Objective” Psychological Tests: The Use And Abuse Of Psychological Testing In Trials, Sentencing, Parole...

Criminal and civil courts and the New Jersey State Parole Board have accepted the use of psychological testing as an important component of making legal and factual determinations in both the civil and criminal litigation and...more

Same-Sex Couples Now Receive Equal Coverage Under The FMLA

On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”)’s new regulation revising the definition of “spouse” to include those in same-sex marriages went into effect expanding the definition of spouse under the Family and...more

Family Medical Leave Act Now Covers Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized a rule to extend the protections afforded by the Family Medical Leave Act to married same-sex couples. ...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Custody Order Not Void Despite Custody Act Non-Compliance

The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) includes various provisions for determining where a custody and parentage dispute should be litigated when multiple states are involved. But what happens...more

BREAKING: FMLA “Spousal” Rule On Hold For Now

The new rule defining “spouse” for purposes of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act was set to take effect today. But a federal judge in Texas yesterday temporarily blocked the rule from going into effect after...more

What Employers Should Know about the FMLA and Same-Sex Marriages under New Department of Labor Rules

After the 2013 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, federal agencies have been moving to align federal policies and procedures with the holding of that case. ...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Regarding the Definition of "Spouse" Under the FMLA

In another effort to remedy the chaos caused by the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the DOMA in June of 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its final rule defining who is a “spouse” for purposes of the federal...more

FMLA Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include marriages legally entered into by same-sex couples. This revision expands the FMLA’s reach...more

Failure to Object to Court Procedure Waives Issue on Appeal

In the area of family law, there are many different types of proceedings that occur. However, when one of the proceedings is a record hearing, if an objection is not made to a particular issue, it is waived on appeal....more

Grandmother Denied In Loco Parentis Standing, But Door Left Open For Grandparent Standing

D.G. & D.G. v. D.B.& G.V., 91 A.3d 706 (Pa. Super. May 2, 2014) - The D.G. & D.G. v. D.B. & G.V. custody action was originally commenced in 2009 when Grandmother sought partial physical custody of the Child, E.B....more

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