Family Law

2078 ABA Journal articles on Family Law.

Judge orders NY man out of his parents’ home, says he isn’t entitled to 6 months’ notice

A judge in upstate New York has ordered a 30-year-old man to leave his parents’ home, even as he praised his legal research.

Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood, a trial-level…

Apps used to stalk can endanger domestic violence victims, but may be hard for lawyers to access
There are hundreds of cell phone apps that can be used for stalking a current or former romantic partner—and they may be hard to access by attorneys who work with victims.
Widow claims a failure to safeguard her late husband’s sperm by lawyer who allegedly advised him

The widow of a software company CEO claims a lawyer breached a fiduciary duty by failing to safeguard the frozen sperm of the widow’s late husband.

Widow Katherine Pesic is…

Appeals court criticizes ‘judicially created parental alienation’ in case of baby with broken ribs
A state appeals court has accused a Pennsylvania judge of “judicially created parental alienation” and a failure to provide due process when she kept a baby in “protracted foster care” after receiving no explanation for broken ribs and then terminated parental rights.
Prominent gay-rights lawyer sets himself on fire and dies in environmental protest

A prominent gay-rights lawyer died early Saturday in a Brooklyn, New York, park after he set himself on fire to protest pollution from fossil fuels.

David Buckel, 60, was “an…

Utah is said to be the first state to legalize ‘free-range parenting’

A change in Utah law signed last week by Gov. Gary Herbert is intended to legalize “free-range parenting” that gives greater freedom to children with the maturity to handle it.

Bill toughening penalties for harm and threats to family lawyers heads to Wisconsin governor
A bill that would make it a felony to harm or threaten lawyers for their work in family law cases is heading to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Same-sex couple sues federally funded refugee adoption agency for discrimination

A law professor and her wife have sued the federal government, alleging that a federally funded child services agency refused to consider placing a child with them because they don’t…

New tax law affects alimony, could spur divorce surge
Some experts are predicting a surge in divorces this year as spouses paying alimony seek to take advantage of the deduction before it is eliminated.
Custody case will determine whether transgender teen can get hormone therapy

An Ohio judge is considering whether to award full custody of a transgender teen to his grandparents so he can pursue hormone therapy that is opposed by his parents.

Visiting…

Lawyer for stars launches do-it-yourself divorce website

A lawyer who represents Hollywood stars in their divorces has launched a new website to help people getting an uncontested divorce create the needed forms and get the paperwork filed.

When UPL accusations against lawyer paraprofessionals are just protectionism
Last year, the legal profession continued to protect the delivery of legal services with multiple state bar ethics decisions negatively impacting legal service providers Avvo, LegalZoom, and Rocket Lawyer. As I outlined last time, 80 percent—or 4 in 5 Americans—cannot obtain legal help. In most industries, this would be seen as a massive market opportunity for existing providers.
Advocates are fighting to outlaw adult marriages to minors
Virginia, Texas and New York forbid under-18 marriages, except for emancipated minors. Six more states will consider legislation soon. More than half of all states do not specify a minimum age for marriage.
The limited license legal technician is the way of the future of law
The first time I heard about the Washington State Bar Association’s Limited License Legal Technician program was when I hosted an Evolve Law event in Seattle in November 2015. I had just moved to the state and I was immediately intrigued by what I heard about the program.
Judge is accused of barring mother from seeing her child for 14 months over fee nonpayment
A Mississippi judge has resigned after he was accused of barring a mother from seeing her child until she paid court fees, keeping the 4-month-old child from the mother for the next 14 months.

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