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Do Durational Limits Apply to Cases That Were Resolved Before the Alimony Reform Act?

The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision of George v. George provides guidance in applying the durational limits contained in the Alimony Reform Act....more

The Uniform Trust Decanting Act's conflicting commentary

The texts of the myriad trust-related uniform statutes could be better coordinated and synchronized. So also could the official commentaries that accompany the myriad sections of the individual uniform statute. Take, for...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: A prior appeal in this case concluded that the defendant, former husband, was entitled to seek modification of alimony and support when he voluntarily moved from Florida to...more

Divorce, Nullity and Judicial Separation

Recognition of Foreign Marriages/Divorces - In order for a marriage contracted outside the UAE to be recognized, the marriage certificate should be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the...more

Divorce Case Spanning Continents Spawns Discovery Sanctions For Company’s Failure To Produce Documents Physically Located Abroad

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s order compelling discovery and awarding contempt sanctions after a man refused to answer discovery requests and defied orders requiring production of documents in a divorce...more

PA Supreme Court rules against grandparents in landmark custody rights case

A major Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision has tipped the scales against grandparents who attempt to seek custody of their grandchildren during a marital separation. The decision, handed down, ironically, just a day...more

Family Court Process

1. Statement of Claim - The statement of Claim is drafted by the Claimant or the lawyer. The statement of claim has to be in writing and in the Arabic language. The statement of claim should include the names of the...more

Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects...more

Validity of Pre and Post: Nuptial Agreements

What are the main jurisdictional requirements for the institution of proceedings in relation to divorce, property and children? There are a number of exceptions, but in general, the Courts of First Instance (the lowest...more

The Mental Capacity Needed To Change Domicile

In litigation, domicile matters because it can control where a lawsuit must be filed and fought. For most of us, where we are domiciled should be straightforward. It’s the place where we actually live and intend to remain. ...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

Jurisdiction and Conflict of Law

1. Sources of Law - 1.1 What is the primary source of law in relation to the breakdown of marriage and the welfare of children within the jurisdiction? Dubai is one ‘Emirate’ within the ‘United Arab Emirates’....more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19589 - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - SC19589 Concurrence - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - Claim for negligent infliction of bystander emotion...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19496 - Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance - The issue of this case was whether or not an unpaid volunteer, in this case for an ambulance...more

Family Law - Jurisdiction

What are the main jurisdictional requirements for the institution of proceedings in relation to divorce, property and children? There are a number of exceptions, but in general, the Courts of First Instance (the lowest...more

Childs Best Interest in the United Arab Emirates

Many family law cases in the United Arab Emirates follow Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), to which I will be referring to in this blog, to determine which parent is awarded custody. In this...more

Joint Custody and Legal Decision Making

In Hull v. Wesley the Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed legal decision-making for children in the context of pain medication. These medications were taken during the pregnancy. The child was born...more

Who Has Child Custody Jurisdiction

The decision in Margain vs. Ruiz-Bours [1] provides some insight into the workings of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ("UCCJEA") as adopted by Arizona in Title 25, Chapter 8, Articles 1 through 3. ...more

May the donee of a limited testamentary power of appointment irrevocably and immediately exercise it inter vivos by contract?

The Delaware Chancery Court [In re Estate of Tigani, C.A No. 7339-ML (Del. Ch. Ct. Feb. 12, 2016)] has confirmed that the donee of a limited testamentary power of appointment may not irrevocably, immediately, and effectively...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Broadly Defines “Marital Status” Discrimination

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently interpreted the state’s antidiscrimination law in an expansive manner, concluding that a broad spectrum of individuals can file suit and claim that their employers unfairly discriminated...more

Potential Changes to Interstate Custody Dispute Law in Massachusetts

After a three month maternity leave, and a few months adjusting to being a full-time working mom, I’m excited to be back to contributing my thoughts to this blog! I’m also excited to be writing on a topic that I not only find...more

Terminated: A Marriage’s End Should Not Lead to Employment’s End

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Robert Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) that an employer cannot terminate an employee for separating or divorcing – the processes of which apparently falls under the...more

Debtor May Still Claim Homestead Exemption Even If He Was Kicked Out

The bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of New York found that a debtor who was ordered to vacate his home could still claim an exemption in the property. In a divorce proceeding several months prior to the bankruptcy...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37813 - Santarsiero v. Planning & Zoning Commission - A planning and zoning commission (PZC) was entitled to use its discretion in waiving a landscape buffer requirement...more

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