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Who Knows Best? When Parental Authority is Revoked

Can you imagine bringing your child to an esteemed children’s hospital for care and medical treatment, only to have your child taken away from you and placed into state custody? Well, that was and is the reality of Justina...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice - February 2014

TRIAL COURTS MAY NOT CIRCUMVENT SUPREME COURT’S EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION TO ENLARGE TIME FOR APPEAL. In an order this term, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that the Family Court exceeded its authority when it vacated...more

Employers Take Note: Back To School Means Parents May Exercise Rights Under Illinois School Leave Law To Attend School Conferences...

As children across Illinois go back to school, employers should take note of a lesser-known Illinois employment law that gives parents the right to take time off to attend school conferences or classroom activities. The...more

By The Book - August 2013: Compliance with FERPA: The Debate Between Students’ & Parents’ Rights

Ever since the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, popularly known as “FERPA” or the “Buckley Amendment,” was enacted in 1974, colleges and universities across the country have been challenged with...more

Child Custody: A Father’s Rights

Fathers’ rights historically have been an afterthought when it comes to children and custody decisions. How refreshing is it, then, that New Jersey’s child custody statute is entitled “Custody of Child: Rights of Both...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Scheduling Difficulties Do Not Excuse District From Excluding Parent From IEP Meeting

In Doug C. v. State of Hawaii Department of Education, the IEP team had placed a student with autism in a private day school for the past 6 years....more

OCR Issues Guidance Regarding Pregnant And Parenting Students

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter last week that provides guidance for secondary schools regarding compliance with Title IX as it relates to pregnant and parenting...more

When talking Child Custody & Parenting Time, Should Your Ex-Spouse’s Significant Other Be around Your Children? #ParentingTime

Like many fans of the Phoenix Suns I was sad to learn a few years ago that our former star player, Steve Nash, was getting a divorce from his wife and the mother of his three kids. Although the Nashes divorced in 2011, their...more

Individualized Education Program Meeting Held Without Parental Participation Violated Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

A parent claimed the Hawaii Department of Education (“Department”) violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) when it held a student’s annual individualized education program (“IEP”) meeting without...more

12 Things You Should Know About Private Adoptions In Utah

12 THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IN PRIVATE/INDEPENDENT UTAH ADOPTIONS: 1. Finding a birth mother: Paid facilitators are illegal in Utah. Only licensed agencies may be paid for matching services under Utah law. Even...more

What the 100-Mile Rule Means for You

If you have been through a divorce and are the custodial parent, moving your residence is far from a simple personal decision. This is especially true if you intend to move more than 100 miles from your current residence....more

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