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Last week, the Supreme Court of Texas issued opinions in three cases and denied a petition for review with opinion. The Court also granted seven petitions for review and set two mandamus petitions for argument. ...more
The more things change, the more they remain the same. As we enter a new year, New York’s Appellate Division faces the same and greater challenges: increasing caseloads, staff shortages, judicial vacancies, and legal disputes...more
A lawyer needs to understand the first law of thermonuclear dynamics – energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it is merely transferred or converted from one object to another.
That’s what emotions are like. My...more
When a divorce becomes final, a court issues rulings regarding spousal or child support, and child custody and visitation. These rulings are based on the circumstances of each spouse at the time of the divorce. However,...more
An Affidavit of Financial Information (“AFI”) is a court-approved form that is utilized in divorce cases for a number of purposes primarily where child support, spousal maintenance and/or attorney fees are at issue....more
In a recent New York case, Zaratzian v. Abadir, a former wife, filed a lawsuit against her former husband and his attorney alleging they violated the Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act when she discovered that her...more
College costs have continued to climb at an alarming rate. A New Jersey Judge, however, has established parameters for how much a divorced parent is required to contribute to the cost of his or her child’s college education....more
Many recent high school graduates are enjoying their last weeks of summer before entering their next stage: college. For parents, the time may be bittersweet. There is excitement about a child embarking on the next stage of...more
In child custody cases where the parent awarded primary custody of the children has significantly greater resources than the non-custodial parent, can a court order the custodial parent to pay child support to the...more
The child support laws in Virginia are changing significantly, and clients should understand how this development impacts them. On July 1, 2014, the Virginia Child Support Guidelines will be revised, in some ways...more
Recently, Grammy Award winning rapper Clifford Harris—better known as T.I.—was back in court, but in a turn of events he wasn’t battling his usual criminal charges, instead, Mr. Harris appeared in family court to contest his...more
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All Texas employers are required to respond to garnishment requests. ...more
Actively questioning both sides, the Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court seemed conflicted during the recent oral argument in In re Marriage of Turk. Turk poses a potentially important question of domestic relations law:...more
I am always amazed and a bit impressed by parents who, after a financially devastating divorce, want to find a way to pay for their child’s college education. In California, state mandated child support ends (except for...more
“Aren’t I done paying support once my kid turns 18?!” is common sentiment among many parents who are paying child support. A recent case that has been making waves in the news involves a New Jersey teenager who sued her...more
Last August, in Pennsylvania new Child Support Guidelines went into effect. High income families whose combined net monthly income exceeds $30,000 per month should be aware of how the changes in the new guidelines could...more
Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's family law and criminal defense attorney Jason B. Castle talks about why a person has to allow their ex-husband or ex-wife to see the children even though they are not paying child...more
In October of 2013, the Illinois couple of Colette Purifoy and John Morris were denied a marriage license because of John’s inability to consent. In 2009, John suffered permanent brain damage after unexpected complications...more
Workers' compensation benefits, including final settlement awards, called permanent partial disability awards, are generally not subject to assignments or garnishments, and are not subject to attorneys liens or medical...more
According to the Social Security Administration’s website, the 1983 Social Security Amendments included a provision for raising the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The Congress cited...more
The doctrine of paternity by estoppel is most often applied in child support cases to either preclude a man who has held the child out as his own from avoiding support of the child after his relationship with the child's...more
Our previews of the newly allowed petitions for leave to appeal from the closing days of the November term continue with In re Marriage of Turk, which poses a potentially ground-breaking question of domestic relations law:...more
When it comes to child support, the laws vary considerably from state to state. Some states allow “permanent” alimony in certain circumstances, but some do not. Most states allow for some sort of alimony payment for a finite...more
In trying economic times, the employees of automotive companies and Next-Generation manufacturers, like those of other companies, face financial hardship. In some cases, this may translate into these companies facing higher...more
Our reports on the oral arguments from the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with last week's argument in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc.
The plaintiff obtained a divorce in 2009 and was...more
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