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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

DOL Rulemaking Puts Employees in Same-sex Marriages on Equal FMLA Footing

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s)Wage and Hour Division issued a Final Rule on February 25, 2015, revising the federal regulations defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include all legally married...more

DOL Expands FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Marriages: Are You Prepared for the March 27, 2015 Rollout?

On February 25, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its intention to make a critical modification to the regulations implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by expanding FMLA rights to employees in...more

Revised Definition of "Spouse" Under FMLA Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that amends its FMLA regulations and provides employees in same-sex marriages the right to take leave to care for a spouse with a serious medical condition. The new rule,...more

Department of Labor Amends the FMLA Definition of “Spouse”

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) adopted new regulations that define the term “spouse” for purposes of the FMLA based on the “place of celebration” rule. Under this rule, the term “spouse” includes all...more

DOL Amends Rules to Extend FMLA Benefits to More Same-Sex Spouses

Last week, the Department of Labor issued new regulations changing the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for a spouse with a serious health...more

Bus Driver’s Aneurysm Found Compensable

The South Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion on February 18, 2015, wherein it found a bus driver’s death due to an aneurysm compensable and the driver’s common-law wife entitled to benefits. ...more

DOL Extends FMLA Spousal Leave Rights to Same-Sex Spouses in All States

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division published its final rule regarding the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Specifically, the rule recognizes...more

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