Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
What is an appeal and how do I know if I should appeal?
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, the divorce rate for couples over age 50 has nearly doubled during the past 20 years. Divorce at any age is complicated,...more
The Internal Revenue Service has published a new notice that addresses specific questions on how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, recognizing same-sex marriage, affects elections and contributions under...more
Finally, some guidance on mid-year cafeteria plan changes that many employers have already permitted in the wake of United States v. Windsor. On December 16, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2014-1,...more
It is unfortunate but it sometimes happens that in a divorce, one spouse or the other does not live up to the requirements of the final judgment. As part of the divorce, you got to keep the house in Clearwater, Florida, but...more
A significant amount of confusion remains for employee benefit plan sponsors regarding the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor and its holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act...more
The holidays are a wonderful time to spend together as a family and make lasting memories for children. Unfortunately, without fail, every holiday season I have clients call me with some sort of urgent parenting time issue....more
The Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, an administrative body that reviews decisions of the court’s chief judge, recently weighed in on an issue involving same-sex domestic partner health benefits in the post-Windsor world. The...more
Since the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor holding the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") to be unconstitutional, and the related guidance issued thereafter by the Internal Revenue Service certain questions...more
Sometimes you can find great employment law lessons in the craziest places and lawsuits, and even non-employment law lawsuits. This month, a decision was issued by a Family Court Judge in Brooklyn, New York that, while an...more
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Yesterday, the IRS issued specific guidance on how employers can address issues arising from the change in tax treatment for same-sex spouses under cafeteria plans. ...more
The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s...more
In today’s global village many people travel to and reside in a number of countries. When one married partner desires to dissolve a marriage and partners are living in different countries, there are a number of issues that...more
Waiting until divorce proceedings are complete to receive alimony and child support can cause significant financial hardship. Pendente lite (a Latin term meaning “pending litigation”) relief can help ease the financial burden...more
After getting through a nasty divorce, you assumed the final judgment was just that—final. The last thing you envisioned was reopening the wounds by having to address your ex’s request to make changes to the final judgment....more
“Revenge Porn.” It sounds like a bad movie but instead it is in fact some people’s worst nightmare and the law is working to catch up with technology used to damage others. This is a new law on the books in California...more
Court ordered payments to support a child fall into a specific category when evaluating the income of a parent. While child support is intended for the maintenance of a child’s lifestyle — including food, housing, medical...more
You relationship with your significant other is not what it once was. Although you have mutually agreed that it’s time to move on, you are very concerned about the parenting plan for your children and you’re anticipating a...more
Last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal surprised many in the pension industry with its decision in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate, which essentially established a new priority scheme for the payment of pre-retirement death...more
Roughly one quarter of adult Americans have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are married to a person who suffers from mental illness, you have seen the daily...more
The doctrine of paternity by estoppel is most often applied in child support cases to either preclude a man who has held the child out as his own from avoiding support of the child after his relationship with the child's...more
Between December 1, 1965 and December 31, 1984, Ontario welfare authorities, empowered by the Federal Crown, removed thousands of aboriginal children from their families and communities and placed them in non-aboriginal...more
Our previews of the newly allowed petitions for leave to appeal from the closing days of the November term continue with In re Marriage of Turk, which poses a potentially ground-breaking question of domestic relations law:...more
Americans have a long-standing romance with their credit cards. The cherished plastic allows the average-earning American to live beyond their means, acquire expensive goods without paying upfront and travel the world without...more
California has the power to dissolve any marriage or domestic partnership when one party desires to do so. If you want to end your marriage but your spouse does not, you might be in for a battle but you do not have to stay...more
No matter what form it may take—physical, emotional or financial—or even all three, domestic violence continues to be a significant problem in Florida and across the U.S. Every year, too many women and children suffer...more