Should I use a parenting coordinator?
What is a Special Master?
How does mediation work in my divorce?
What is Community Property?
What is an AFI? How is it used in my case?
Arbitration vs. Trial
Why does my spouse have an interest in my separate business?
Does my spouse's affair have an impact on my divorce case?
Parenting Time in Arizona - What Does it Mean?
If I won my case, why do I need to worry about an appeal?
What is a Parenting Coordinator and Why Do We Need One?
What is arbitration?
What are the advantages of mediation?
How much will I receive in spousal maintenance?
Do same sex couples have the same legal rights as other couples?
What are the steps of an appeal?
What is Opting Out?
How is litigation involving spouses handled in Arizona?
Is a trial my only option during a divorce?
Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students
The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more
In a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges released on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court held that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, expanding the right...more
Many areas of the law are left unanswered by Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell , but the fundamental question of whether same-sex individuals can marry has now been answered. There have traditionally been many obstacles...more
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must license and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex. Despite being a landmark decision affecting same sex couples whose...more
In a historic decision, the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges recently held that the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires all jurisdictions in all fifty states to: (1) license a...more
Since December 2013, when the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah concluded that Utah’s definition of marriage as the union between only a man and a woman was unconstitutional, the validity of same-sex marriage has...more
Same-sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States -
In 2013, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) which defined marriage, for Federal purposes, as...more
After last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, employee benefit plan sponsors may wonder whether Obergefell affirmatively imposes an obligation for employers to provide health, life,...more
In This Issue:
New South Wales (NSW).
14 July 2015 - Ping Yuan v Da Yong Chen  NSWSC 932
The New South Wales Supreme Court has made a declaration allowing an unconscious man's wife to consent to the...more
If you are in the hospital, the last thing you want is for a family member or a trusted friend to be denied information about your condition or prognosis. But this could happen if you haven’t already given authorization...more
If you have been paying attention to the headlines, you might have noticed that a lot has been happening in the labor and employment world recently. Here are our top 5...more
Two big decisions in two days from the Supreme Court. Read on for details. Same-Sex Marriage is a Go! Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No....more
The Senate started its budget process this week, with a draft schedule being handed out to senators on Wednesday outlining precisely how the General Assembly can have a budget in place and approved by June 30. Distributed at...more
In This Issue:
Judgments; Legislation; and Reports.
Excerpt from Reports:
23 February 2015 - Same-sex adoption a step closer with review of laws -
Same-sex adoption in Victoria is a step closer,...more
Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more
In separate actions yesterday, CMS and the New York State insurance regulatory authority took steps to (a) assure equal treatment of same-sex spouses by hospitals and (b) insurance coverage of medically necessary transgender...more
As an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West, Angelica Salceda is working at the ACLU of Northern California to ensure that pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley schools are afforded...more
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor prompted many businesses to review and revise their employee benefit plans. However, the...more
While a pet may be put into a trust, its human owner may not be. Nor under traditional principles of property and trust law may the corpse of a deceased human being be made the subject of a trust. Charles E. Rounds, Jr.,...more
As federal and state agencies and courts further examine the implications of the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling on same-sex marriage in U.S. v. Windsor, the laws and regulations governing employee benefits for...more
Law No.2013-404 dated May 17, 2013, (the Law) allowed same-sex couples to get married and to adopt children, through either the mutual adoption of a child or the adoption of the same-sex spouse’s biological or adopted child....more
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. A brief summary of these new laws, along with links to the bills, can be found below....more
On June 27, 2014, the IRS published a letter outlining the steps taxpayers should take in order to obtain a refund for taxes paid on the value of employer-sponsored health coverage provided to an employee’s same-sex spouse....more
Arizona law prohibits either spouse in a divorce proceeding from removing the other spouse from health insurance plans. This allows continuity of coverage during the proceeding, but once the divorce is finalized, it is...more
A frequent headline in the news as of late has been “Federal Judge in State X finds same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional” and then shortly thereafter “Hundreds of couples marry in State X” complete with a picture of a...more
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