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Comparing the Clinton and Trump Parental Leave and Childcare Proposals

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each put forward plans for paid parental leave and assistance with the cost of childcare. However, as expected the plans differ significantly. The Clinton Plan is...more

What We Can Learn From the Brangelina Divorce

I was asked to comment on television about the hottest news, the Brangelina divorce. If you haven’t heard, another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing after 2 years of marriage and twelve years of...more

IRS Agrees that Domestic Partners Are Entitled to Full Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

The IRS recently released guidance indicating that it will follow the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Voss v. Commissioner, 796 F.3d 1051 (9th Cir. 2015), acquiescing to the Ninth Circuit’s opinion that unmarried domestic partners...more

North Carolina Mandated Reporter Law

This survey discusses only the mandated reporter statute in North Carolina. If your organization is governed by a state licensing agency, such as education or child care, then that agency likely has its own set of reporting...more

South Carolina Mandated Reporter Law

This survey discusses only the mandated reporter statute in South Carolina. If your organization is governed by a state licensing agency, such as education or child care, then that agency likely has its own set of reporting...more

Georgia Mandated Reporter Law

This survey discusses only the mandated reporter statute in Georgia. If your organization is governed by a state licensing agency, such as education or child care, then that agency likely has its own set of reporting...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

Dividing the Assets: Different Types of Businesses

This is the latest in my series of articles examining how the marital interest of one spouse in the ownership of a business enterprise can be monetized in the division of assets in a divorce. Prior articles have largely...more

Adultery is a Serious Breach of UAE Criminal Law

There are some common misconceptions that expatriates have about UAE family laws. Hassan Elhais, a Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, clears the misunderstandings. If the wife applies for a...more

Jurisdiction and Conflict of Law

1. Sources of Law - 1.1 What is the primary source of law in relation to the breakdown of marriage and the welfare of children within the jurisdiction? Dubai is one ‘Emirate’ within the ‘United Arab Emirates’....more

For Love or Money: Considering Prenuptial Agreements

The question of prenuptial agreements comes up often in multi-generational family- owned businesses. The question is typically raised by mom or dad, or maybe grandmother or grandfather, and goes something like: “We’re all...more

The Internal Revenue Service Issues Final Rules Defining Marriage

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has recognized that marriages of couples of the same sex should be treated the same as marriages of couples of the opposite sex for federal tax purposes. On September 2, 2016, the IRS...more

The Suspicious Husband, His Wife, and Cloud Computing: The Sixth Circuit Applies the Wiretap Statute To Monitoring Software

Hollywood has traditionally shown suspicious spouses relying on the same Victorian sleuthing techniques as Sherlock Holmes: a search for an errant strand of exotic hair, the stray lipstick mark or the lingering whiff of a...more

Court Holds That Trust No Longer Owned Vehicle Because It Allowed Beneficiary’s Wife To Drive It

In In the Interest of H.D.V., a husband appealed from a bench trial in a divorce proceeding. No. 05-15-00421-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 9520 (Tex. App.—Dallas August 26, 2016, no pet. history). His mother had set up a trust for...more

Regulations Issued to Make Marriage References Gender Neutral

Further to the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases recognizing same-sex marriages, the IRS has issued final regulations that codify same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes, regardless of gender. Under Treasury Regulations §...more

Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land

Effective tomorrow, September 2, 2016, new IRS final regulations will take effect which provide that for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” mean an individual lawfully married to another...more

How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney for You

Hi there, People have very strong opinions on whether to hire a divorce attorney. One friend may tell you, “Oh I didn’t use an attorney, and it was fine.” Another may say, “My attorney was terrible, the ex got...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19589 - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - SC19589 Concurrence - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - Claim for negligent infliction of bystander emotion...more

Is it Possible to Undo My Divorce?

You and your spouse signed the settlement agreement, the court entered your divorce, a few weeks or months have gone by, but now you regret some or all of the terms of your divorce. Maybe you think you could have gotten more...more

Spouses Need to Exercise Care in Transferring Property between Them When Subject to a Marital Agreement [Florida]

Many prenuptial and postnuptial agreements provide for a class of property known as Separate Property. Such Separate Property will often not be subject to claim by or transfer to the non-owning spouse upon death or divorce....more

Holding Assets in Trust for the Next Generation

Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients interested in holding assets in trust for their children. This is a trend we are noticing across the board, regardless of the size of the...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19496 - Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance - The issue of this case was whether or not an unpaid volunteer, in this case for an ambulance...more

Husband and Wife Rights under Shariah Law

Family article on husband and wife rights under Shariah Law. There are specific rights designated to Husband and Wife under Shariah Law. Overall, the rights cover the following categories: a) Exchange of rights between...more

How Can I Get A Quickie Divorce?

This is a question that I am often asked—and for good reason. The divorce process can be emotionally and economically draining. Simply put, no one wants to litigate for longer than he/she needs to. Many people that I talk...more

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