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
Many universities have standard patent assignment agreements that assign inventions of a university employee to the university. But what if the inventor is married? Or, what if the inventor marries during his or her...more
One of the more important issues in a divorce proceeding is identifying and dividing community and separate property. The task of asset identification and location may have been made both easier and more complex at the same...more
Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket continue with In re Marriage of Tiballi. Tiballi poses the following issue: when a parent voluntarily dismisses a petition to change custody,...more
Recently, the Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama upheld an agreement executed electronically, overturning a trial court’s order invalidating a divorce agreement on the grounds that the agreement filed with the court was...more
In this family law case, the father sought to compel the examination of the mother by a psychologist pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.360(a)(1). The trial court granted the motion and the mother filed a petition...more
In January 2011, the new custody act became effective and changed the landscape of child custody in Pennsylvania. However, the Rules of Civil Procedure pertaining to child custody tracked the custody statutes previously in...more
In a significant decision for the airline industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the district court's summary judgment dismissal of common law tort claims against an airline arising out of a...more
This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed the "leveling the playing field" rules of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in In re Marriage of Earlywine. The Act provides that a court can...more
Under current Arizona law, you must make full disclosure to the other party and the Court. The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure require that everything which may have an impact on the outcome of the case be disclosed -...more
On Wednesday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed petitions for review in a long list of new civil cases, setting up interesting battles in the coming months over public works projects, the state Freedom of Information...more
Notice 2013-61 provides alternative administrative procedures for reporting income and FICA tax adjustments in response to the Windsor decision and Revenue Ruling 2013-17.
On September 24, the U.S. Department of the...more
The length of a divorce proceeding in Maricopa County is dependent on several factors.
The first factor is dependent on the spouses. The increased conflict and animosity between spouses, along with attachment to...more
Our reports on the oral arguments from the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with last week's argument in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc.
The plaintiff obtained a divorce in 2009 and was...more
Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., which poses an important question for domestic relations law: must a Withholding Notice under the Income...more
In 2011, The California Supreme Court upheld the Elkins Legislation, a 2007 law that provides expanded resources for cases heard in the state's family court. In 2005, Elkins, who represented himself, argued that existing...more
Federal Agencies Respond to Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling -
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), federal agencies are starting to respond with new...more
Many people joke that all people getting divorced have temporary diminished capacity because it is during divorce that we often see otherwise confident, smart and successful people engage in foolish behaviors. But, putting...more
It is not always easy to make a decision when it comes to filing a lawsuit against a debtor. Before one can choose whether or not to sue, they should know whether the debtor has sufficient assets to secure payment or if the...more
On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue...more
On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued important guidance for employers and employees relating to the impact of the Windsor decision on employee benefit plans....more
The IRS issued a press release today that is significant for same sex spouses. The changes are discussed more fully in Rev. Proc. 2013-17 and generally reflect the holding in the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v....more
The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) yesterday ruled in Revenue Ruling 2013-17 that same-sex couples, legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage, will be...more
Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013) that same sex married couples would be recognized for federal purposes, a question has existed as to what happens if a same sex couple married in a state...more
By now, most of our readers are familiar with the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the Federal government’s ability to define marriage as that between “one man and one woman” from the Defense of Marriage Act or “DOMA”....more
As we previously reported, the decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) left open many questions, including the impact of the decision on states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Recent decisions...more