Family Law

2093 ABA Journal Family Law articles.

Lawyer in Arkansas same-sex marriage case sues co-counsel, says he denigrated her work
A lawyer who successfully sought to overturn Arkansas’ gay-marriage ban has filed a defamation suit against her co-counsel that argues he denigrated her work and wrongly accused her of inflating her work hours.
Federal court in Texas declares Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional
A Northern Texas federal district court struck down portions of the Indian Child Welfare Act last Thursday, finding that the disputed sections violate the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection guarantee by mandating racial preferences.
BigLaw associate sues ex-fiancée for return of pricey engagement ring

A Troutman Sanders associate has sued his former fiancée for return of a 4-carat engagement ring that cost about $100,000.

Ryan Strasser filed the suit Monday in Washington, D.C.,…

Attorney sued for malpractice is suspended after releasing client’s psychiatric records

A Connecticut attorney reportedly released a former client’s psychiatric records in an online court filing because he was mad that she sued him for malpractice following his representation in a…

Couple’s divorce terms are vacated because of judge’s ghostwritten opinion

A district judge in Iowa has vacated a couple’s divorce decree because it was ghostwritten by a lawyer without the knowledge of opposing counsel.

District Judge Jeffrey Neary said Thursday…

Divorce lawyer’s side job is officiating at weddings
Andrew Schmidt owns the oldest law firm in Marathon County, Wisconsin, with a large family law practice. He realized his law license works both ways, to start marriages as well as end them.
Billie Tarascio: Her law firm is her lab
Billie Tarascio is experimenting on her law firm for the profession’s greater good.
The job is killing them: Family lawyers experience threats, violence
A series of surveys on violence against lawyers shows that family lawyers face disproportionate amounts of threats and violence compared to other lawyers. Almost all lawyers in the 27 states surveyed said they’d received some kind of threat or experienced violence. But the rate for family lawyers was higher.
Judge declares longtime lesbian couple in Utah legally married months after 1 partner’s death

Bonnie Foerster and Beverly Grossaint were legally married last week about three months after Groissant’s death at 82.

Foerster, 74, told the Salt Lake Tribune she is “numb from…

First paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019

The first paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019, making the state the second to license nonlawyers to practice law.

New rules regulating paralegal practitioners…

States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling
Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.
Divorce lawyer is shot and killed by his client’s former husband, police say
Updated: A 41-year-old divorce lawyer in Cartersville, Georgia, was shot and killed Wednesday.
Another ruling by controversial Philadelphia family court judge is overturned
Updated: A Philadelphia family court judge who repeatedly interrupted a lawyer and frequently noted the late hour violated the due process rights of three children when she removed them from the home of their mother, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled.
Separating asylum-seeking immigrant families violates due process rights, federal judge says
Separating asylum-seeking mothers from their children is brutal, offensive and a violation of the due process clause, according to a federal judge in San Diego.
Police identify divorce litigant believed to have killed 2 paralegals and 4 others
Police in Arizona have identified divorce litigant Dwight Lamon Jones as the suspect who killed six people in the Phoenix area before he fatally shot himself Monday morning at an extended-stay hotel in Scottsdale.

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