Ban Child Marriages

A pressing family law problem is the more than 200,000 children married in the United States. No, that’s not a statistic from frontier life in the 1800s, that covers marriages over the past 15-years. What is the status of child marriages? According to the Independent...

British Grandparent Rights

A British grandmother who wanted to assert some grandparent rights for her grandchild, fought local authorities after a recommendation that the baby be put up for adoption. She won, and now the child is in her custody. In Britain, the parents of the child were unable...

Inns of Court Award

I was honored last night to receive an award for serving as President of our Inn of Court, the First Family Law American Inn of Court, for the 2016-2017 Inn year. I have written about the American Inns of Court before. The First Family Law American Inn of Court in...

Viva Las Agreements

Some lucky hound dog is going to buy Elvis Presley’s marital settlement agreement. It is now or never if you want to bid on the King’s agreement with Priscilla Presley too, because it’s going up for auction. Return to Sender As People magazine reports, one of...

New Alimony Penalty

The GOP proposed tax plan has something for everyone. Including a huge surprise for divorcing couples: a tax penalty for divorce. The new law may dramatically change how we treat alimony for taxes, and whether your case will settle. As Business Insider reports, the...

Temporary Attorneys’ Fees

Canada’s Financial Post has an article explaining temporary attorneys’ fees to get you through a divorce. The process is similar in Canada to here, but then again, there are important difference in attorneys’ fees you should know about. As the Financial Post asks:...

Prenups are Nothing New

A 2,480-year-old Egyptian scroll was recently found. But the scroll is not some royal decree from the ruling Pharaoh, or an ancient poem written on the shores of the Nile. Egyptologists report that the scroll is a prenuptial agreement. Ancient Prenups Written in...

Rape and Child Custody

As the Hollywood sex abuse scandal widens, another issue comes to mind: can someone convicted of criminal sexual misconduct get child custody of the offspring he fathers? It may seem like an unbelievable question, but a Michigan mother just found out it is very real....

Occupation and Divorce

If you marry a flight attendant are you more likely to divorce than if you marry a software developer? A recent report on occupation and divorce asks that very question. The Study analyzed data from the 2015 American Community Survey, and, based on the number of...

Is “Prenup” a Four-Letter Word?

Interesting view on prenuptial agreements: He traded his passion for stability, whereas I followed my passion at the expense of stability. Should I be entitled to his money? The New York Times is running an article which deals heavily with the personal feelings...