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
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
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
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
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
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
Obergefell v. Kasich and Cozen O’Connor v. Tobits may reflect a growing trend of courts and other bodies to recognize same-sex marriages validly celebrated elsewhere even if the couple’s current state of residence does not...more
In a favorable decision for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State University ruled that employers are strictly liable for harassment by a supervisor where the supervisor is empowered to take tangible...more
You need a vacation, but, other counsel is being difficult. What is the law? ...more
Sidestepping a highly divisive issue, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that it lacked authority to decide on the merits whether an initiative passed by California voters limiting marriage to opposite gender couples...more
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. The SCOTUSBlog has done an admirable job with the recaps and if you want more information about that decision, you should really...more
You may not have heard of the think tank called the American Public Policy Alliance (APPA), or its “American Laws for American Courts” initiative, which “was crafted to protect American citizens’ constitutional rights against...more
This morning, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that it will issue four more civil opinions on Friday morning to close out 2012. The upcoming decisions deal with issues as diverse as res judicata and absolute immunity,...more
After hospital staff got into a dispute with Appellant, Antonio Langarica, the hospital defendants convinced the social worker defendants that Antonio had a bad attitude and needed to be brought into line. They then worked...more
Executive Summary: On October 18, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which defines marriage as "a legal union between one man and one...more
In California a person who is not a party to a contract containing a mandatory arbitration clause may still be compelled to arbitrate whether that non-signatory is a plaintiff or a defendant. ...more
This Legal Byte analyzes whether a judge's advice to a litigant or an attorney is the same as an "advisory opinion." Citations to case law are provided.
Executive Summary: On May 31, 2012, the Boston-based First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which denies federal benefits to same-sex married couples, is...more
An Appeal-which unfortunately I lost-from a Queens Family Court Order entering a finding of neglect against the Respondent.
Issues brought up:
a.) Sufficiency of Evidence
b.) Attorney misrepresentation
This Legal Byte analyzes whether a judge may be recused after the judge has made rulings in your case....more
The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a unanimous opinion in Hamilton v. Lethem, No. SCWC-27580 (Jan. 7, 2012). The issues in the case revolve around the due process rights of parents in civil TRO proceedings in Family...more
When DNA results proved that the individual was not the biological father, the Petition To TerminateChild Support was initiated in order to prevent further child support collections...more
O BULLYING E RESPONSABILIDADE DAS ESCOLAS PELA REPARACAO DOS DANOS MORAIS E MATERIAIS...more
Although the focus of our blog is land use and related topics, our practice involves more than that -- we also take appeals in other areas of law that present unsettled or untested questions. Here's the latest example, a...more
Recent revisions to court form CV-410 make it easier for indigent litigants to obtain a waiver of court fees and easier for courts to determine whether the litigant is indigent, according to attorney Korey Lundin. In 2010,...more
On Friday the Illinois Supreme Court published its Call of the Docket [pdf] for the May term, and the Court will hear oral argument in five civil cases. The cases, with the issue or issues presented in each, are: