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Special Conditions in the Marriage Contract

Marriage contracts usually take a standard format, however special conditions may be added into marriage contracts. Such special conditions can provide different rights to either of the parties, but we have seen a prevalence...more

Buy-Sell Agreements in a Divorce (Part 2)

My last article discussed a typical provision found in shareholders agreements (for corporations) or operating agreements (for limited liability companies) giving the other owners a right to step in and buy any shares or...more

Appellate Court Explains Difference Between Divorce Settlement Agreement And All Other Contracts

In an April 2016 non-precedential Superior Court Appellate decision, Doyle v. Doyle, the court found that a husband and wife had entered into a valid divorce settlement agreement despite the wife’s argument that the agreement...more

The Wife’s Rights to a Dowry

In certain cases, standard form marriage certificates in the UAE can be altered to allow room for special conditions, like giving the woman the ability to petition for divorce. The special condition we will focus on here is...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36726 - Schull v. Schull - Trial court properly refused to hold ex-husband in contempt for not paying 50 percent of child’s surgery per the original decree. The Trial...more

Case Study in the United Arab Emirates: Family Law

Custody laws in the United Arab Emirates are mainly transcribed in Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), and I will refer to these articles in covering the Court's discretion in family law issues. A...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19376 - MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. v. Malloy - Electronic Mortgage Recording Systems, of which currently MERS is the only real player, account for 65% of all CT residential...more

Supreme Court's Four-to-Four Decision in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore Leaves Open Question About Application of Equal...

In its first evenly split vote since the death of Justice Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court last week affirmed an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore that spouses who guarantee...more

U.S. Supreme Court unable to decide whether ECOA protects spousal guarantors

As we previously wrote, federal and state courts throughout the country have been divided on whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) protects the spouse of a borrower when the lender requires the spouse to guaranty a...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19474 - State v. Roman - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37107 - NRT New England, LLC v. Jones - Plaintiff broker entered into an exclusive buyer’s...more

When One Spouse Files for Bankruptcy, But Not the Other

When a Chapter 7, 11, or 13 case is filed, a new entity is created called the bankruptcy estate. A bankruptcy estate is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in property as of the time of...more

Reconciliation Does Not Void Prior Marital Settlement Agreement

In an August 31, 2015, Non-precedential Opinion, Semulka v. Semulka, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the parties' reconciliation did not void a previously executed divorce settlement agreement. Since the agreement...more

Prenuptial Agreement Considerations for Same-Sex Couples

Nearly everyone who is engaged to be married contemplates a prenuptial agreement at some point, even if only to acknowledge the possibility briefly and conclude that they are not a good candidate. Most young couples...more

Surrogacy Contracts are Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

In today’s modern world of technology, how babies are created is greatly different than in the yesterdays of our parents’ world. Today, there are sperm donors, egg donors, gestational carriers, in vitro fertilization, to...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19165 - Dept. of Transportation v. White Oak Corp. - SC19165 Dissent - Dept. of Transportation v. White Oak Corp. Despite a very convoluted history, the essence of...more

Contracts Are Considered When Using Assisted Reproduction Technology

Two recent decisions highlight the importance of contracts between parties in cases involving assisted reproduction technology (ART).  In Pennsylvania, the Superior Court found that television personality, Sherri Shepherd was...more

Modifiability of Written Child Support Agreement

When parties are divorced, they often detail the economic terms in a written agreement called a marital settlement agreement or a postnuptial agreement. These marital settlement agreement may contain a provision regarding...more

Succession Planning: “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…”

Let’s face reality. We are all going to pass on someday, so we might as well be prepared and lessen the burden for those following behind us. One of the first steps in effective succession planning is to gather in one place...more

Pensions Alert: Survivors' Benefits: Court of Appeal Judgment

The Court of Appeal issued a judgment this week in a case concerning the provision of survivors' benefits to civil partners and same sex spouses by occupational pension schemes. In this Pensions Alert we report on the Court's...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC35173 - State v. Mosback - AC36907 - Rodriguez v. Commissioner of Correction - AC36499 - Zilkha v. Zilkha After a judgment of dissolution, the plaintiff...more

Premarital planning - Protecting your assets without a prenup

Protecting family assets in the event of a divorce is particularly significant for family business owners, who typically want to avoid sharing ownership with their ex-spouses or their children’s ex-spouses. A prenuptial...more

Does One Wrong Equal No Rights? Connecticut Lets Its Surrogate Parents’ Contracts Lapse

Due to the State Department of Education’s failure to provide new contracts in a timely manner, Connecticut’s approximately 74 surrogate parents have found themselves in limbo. Surrogate parents are appointed by the State...more

Dead Hand Proxy Puts Create Litigation Risk for Lenders

Why it matters - In a noteworthy decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that a lender could be held liable for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty by directors of a public company borrower by including...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Finds Debt To Third Party To Be A Non-Dischargable Debt Incurred In Connection With a Divorce

Bankruptcy Judge Albert Dabrowski was faced with a unique set of circumstances arising as a result of the intersection of a state court divorce action and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. In the matter of Corrine Sawyer v. Scott...more

Till Death Do Us Part. . . or at Least Until the Divorce Becomes Final

When important changes occur in life, it is advisable to reevaluate your estate planning to ensure it continues to meet the goals and objectives you have for your estate and your beneficiaries – and going through a divorce is...more

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