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Custody Battles

by Hassan Elhais on

Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant at Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants, Femina ME’s guest columnist continues with last month’s topic, that is, child abduction by a parent. Last month he spoke about the various...more

International Abduction

by Hassan Elhais on

Briefly summarize the position in your jurisdiction. The UAE is not a signatory to the Hague Convention. Within UAE laws, there are no statutory provisions specifically dealing with child abduction. ...more

Adultery is a Serious Breach of UAE Criminal Law

by Hassan Elhais on

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

Child Protection Law in the United Arab Emirates

by Hassan Elhais on

The Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai has recently drafted a new child protection policy, which protects children, investigates abuses against their rights, and provides government services to families and...more

Domestic Violence – Child Custody (Legal Decision-Making)

As an attorney practicing both criminal defense and family law, I often handle cases in which one parent accuses the other of domestic violence. If my client has been accused, the question is always the same: can I lose...more

New Pennsylvania Bill Makes Spousal Abuse Victims’ Divorce Process Easier

Recently, Governor Wolf signed a bill into law giving spousal abuse victims in Pennsylvania additional rights when pursuing a divorce. This law will become effective in the middle of June 2016. It has been said that, “this...more

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today - Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 14-1382: Plaintiff corporations, including respondent ConAgra Foods, Inc., brought suit...more

Implied Threat on Facebook Insufficient to Support Stalking Conviction

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that a Facebook profile may constitute a “threat” within the meaning of the Massachusetts stalking statute. However, a profile that is merely “vaguely ominous or...more

Parents Arrested for Unsupervised Children: The Rest of the Story

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

I am always outraged by the stories of parents arrested for allowing their children to play in ways that earlier generations considered routine. But a recent court decision reminded me that the story is not always as clear as...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

What is Custodial Interference?

Custodial interference is a felony. A person commits custodial interference if they keep the child from the parent who should have time with the child. Although the statutes in Arizona take custodial interference seriously,...more

NJ Assembly Passes Crime-Fraud Exception to Spousal Privilege

On December 15, 2014, the NJ Assembly passed legislation that would create a crime-fraud exception to the spousal privilege. The measure, A-3636, was a response to the decision in State v. Terry. In the case, a married couple...more

Guarding against a Trust's Destruction by Merger

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

A trust is not a trust if the “trustee” alone holds legal title to the subject property and alone possesses the entire beneficial/equitable interest. Instead, he owns the subject property outright and free of trust, all...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: October 31, 2014

by Sands Anderson PC on

Happy Halloween! The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on Halloween this year. A complete coincidence, but I do hope that nothing in this term’s opinions has scares you! This term resulted in two cases related to...more

Domestic Violence and Divorce

by Jaburg Wilk on

Thanks to the NFL these past few weeks, domestic violence has gained national attention and even received a comment from the President of the United States. However, domestic violence (“DV”) is bigger than most American’s...more

I think my spouse is cheating. Is it a crime to spy on them?

Unexplained absences, secretive phone calls, late nights at the office – all telltale signs that your spouse may be up to no good. With advances in technology it has become easier and easier for suspicious spouses to snoop on...more

Time Out for Domestic Violence #FamilyLawAttorney

As a family law attorney and as a private citizen, I find it very disturbing to hear about the recent events involving professional football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson which has highlighted both the prevalence and...more

Off-Duty Domestic Violence — What’s An Employer To Do?

Sometimes your employee is the victim. If so, you may have someone who is distracted, scared, upset, or frequently absent because of physical injury or psychological trauma, or court appearances. She (or he – men can be...more

Communications Between Spouses: Are They Privileged When Wiretapped?

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided that a couple’s private communications remain protected under the marital communication privilege pursuant to N.J.R.E. 509 despite those communications being wiretapped by State...more

Affluenza – Is It Contagious?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Taking advantage of his car dealership owning parents being on vacation in the Bahamas, Cache Bar, a minor, invites his high school buddies over to liberate his parents’ locked libation cabinet. Well lubricated, Cache builds...more

Woman Scorned Tries to Poison Husband’s Pregnant Mistress

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a decision n which the facts of the case could be used for the screenplay for a docudrama.us v. bond In a small Philadelphia suburb, a husband and wife were experiencing marital...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - May 2014

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

“Crossover” Complete - The General Assembly’s May 1 “crossover” deadline requires bills to move from one legislative body to the other or require a two-thirds vote for consideration in the receiving chamber for bills...more

A Sense of Security with Orders of Protection in Arizona

by Dickinson Wright on

Going through a divorce or a dispute in your personal life can be stressful, especially if you fear the safety of yourself and loved ones. Orders of protection are one way you can protect you and your family if you feel...more

6 Defenses To International Child Abduction

by Carlton Fields on

A parent who moves with a child from the child’s home country to another country, or retains the child in the other country, may face accusations that the move or retention is wrongful. The parent who stays behind may assert...more

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