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New Law Firm Focuses on Serving LGBT Community in San Antonio
Prominent and distinguished San Antonio divorce attorney establishes ... will also offer family lawlegal services such as divorce, child custody, ... http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11128785.htm

Marijuana and Child Custody
While it is the duty of The Amendment 64 Task Force in Colorado to outline its recommendations on how the state should implement recreational marijuana use, from how to tax it, to regulating food content, and even drugged driving limits, when it comes to parents who get high, nothing will be changing. In an interview by ABC 7 The Denver Channel, family law attorney Rich Harris says "While there are more accusations (since the law was passed), the reality is the legality of the drug is not the issue."

Ken Cuccinelli's family law stance won him support of fathers' rights movement
Ken Cuccinelli's family law stance won him support of fathers' rights ... the legal system is stacked against men in divorce and custody cases…seeks to "empower divorced fathers as equal partners in parenting," and … http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-28/local/41535971_1_rights-groups-rights-movement-terry-mcauliffe

'Pregnant Man' Fights for Divorce in Maricopa County
Thomas Beatie, famously known as the "pregnant man," is seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy Beatie. The couple married in Hawaii where he is legally a man even though he has female reproductive organs. The problem is that they have since moved to Arizona. The Arazona judge handling the case does not recognize the marriage and therefore will not grant a divorce. The couple is seeking a legal divorce in order to determine custody of their three children.

San Diego Military Divorce Lawyers at the Men's Legal Center Alert Public to Expansion of V.A. Spousal Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses The San Diego military divorce lawyers at the Men's Legal Center have ... have encountered family law issues including divorce, child custody, ... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1465231

Agnostic Dad Loses Custody Of Kids
For the last four years Craig Scarberry of Indianapolis has had 50/50 joint custody of his three young children after his divorce. He recently found that his time with his kids would be cut four hours a week and every other weekend. Searching the ruling, he found that Judge George Pancol wrote, "the father did not participate in the same religious training as the mother," and noted that the father was agnostic. With the help of a family law attorney, Scarberry is appealing the judge's ruling.

Mom With Breast Cancer Loses Custody of Kids
North Carolina mother, Alaina Giordano, lost custody of her two children while battling Stage 4 breast cancer. After the diagnosis, the marriage quickly fell apart and a bitter divorce ensued. According to ABCNews.com, Judge Nancy Gordon made the decision based on the fact that Giordano's ex-husband was able to find a job and a house in a good school district, while she lives in North Carolina, jobless and facing cancer treatments. The ruling triggered an outpouring of support from friends, cancer survivors and others who disagreed with the judge's decision. Giordano was ultimately granted permission to have the two children by her side in her final days.

Woman wants hearing on 32-year-old divorce
... seeking an order compelling a family law judge to hold a hearing to determine what ...According to her petition, Carol filed for divorce from Philip on Nov. ... child support, custody and visitation, or even equitable distribution. http://wvrecord.com/news/262333-woman-wants-hearing-on-32-year-old-divorce

Kelly Rutherford files for bankruptcy after costly divorce, custody battle
There's gossip that Kelly Rutherford has filed for bankruptcy. ... been hit hard with divorce and child custody legal fees causing her debts to be in ... The 44-year-old actress supposedly asked the family law judge to hold her ex ... http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/kelly-rutherford-files-chapter-7-bankruptcy-article-1.1381095

Judge Sides With Usher in Custody Battle Usher's finalized divorce from Tameka Foster grants him sole custody of their two children. The couple was in court after Tameka filed an emergency request for temporary custody of the couple's two young sons following the near drowning of one of their sons, Usher Raymond V, who got caught in the pool drain of his father's home. Atlanta family law attorney John Mayoue who represented Usher won the case.

David Tutera Separates Kids in Custody Battle With Ryan Jurica: "We Are Not at a Resolution"
David Tutera's family has been torn in half by his split from longtime partner Ryan Jurica. Months after announcing their separation, the former couple have come to a temporary custody agreement over the care of their twins, daughter Cielo and son Cedric -- and it involves separating the siblings by thousands of miles…going through the process of divorce, we decided to…http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/david-tutera-splits-kids-in-custody-battle-with-ryan-jurica-we-are-not-at-a-resolution-2013139

First Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce in Florida Highlights Family Law Trend
The divorce of Tyler Nelson and Pamela Burton proceeded without going through years of litigation or dealing with months of acrimony to legally end the marriage. As it turns out, they split custody of their daughter and everyone is happy. In the process known as collaborative divorce the couple typically only sees the judge at the end of the process after both parties agree to the terms of the divorce. To do this, they each hired their own lawyer. The lawyers then got together and chose a financial consultant to help divide the assets and a mental health professional to act as a neutral facilitator.

Francesco Aquilini Divorce Trial To Decide On Custody, Assets
VANCOUVER - The personal and business affairs of one of Canada's NHL owners is about to be thrown into the public arena in a high-profile divorce trial that will offer a glimpse into Francesco Aquilini's private life, his failed marriage and his financial stake in the Vancouver Canucks. The couple's divorce trial is scheduled to begin in Vancouver on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/08/francesco-aquilini-divorce-canucks-owner_n_3890537.html?ir=Canada+British+Columbia

Adoptive parents swap unwanted kids on the Internet
Children can be sent to new families quickly through a basic "power of ... that can effectively mask changes of custody that take place illegally outside the ... state and is codified in various statutes that give it the force of law. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/parents-swap-adopted-kids-online-article-1.1449749

Woman wants hearing on 32-year-old divorce
... seeking an order compelling a family law judge to hold a hearing to determine what ... According to her petition, Carol filed for divorce from Philip on Nov. ...child support, custody and visitation, or even equitable distribution. http://wvrecord.com/news/262333-woman-wants-hearing-on-32-year-old-divorce

Alimony for Your Eggs
THE end of a marriage is always sad, but divorce can be particularly ...who is a client of Ronald G. Lieberman, a family law attorney in Haddonfield, N.J. ... and awarded her custody of fertilized embryos created during a past ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/opinion/alimony-for-your-eggs.html

The Non-Existent Sibling in U.S. Family Law
After a lengthy divorce and custody battle the decision was made to split ... This scenario is in fact the reality in many family law cases including ... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/avidan-milevsky/the-nonexistent-sibling-i_b_3801507.html

Former Alameda County sheriff's deputy Ryan Silcocks pleads no contest to leaking records
According to authorities, former sheriff's deputy Ryan Silcocks, 41, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor for illegally helping a woman in a child-custody case in Alameda County. Authorities said Silcocks looked up confidential personal information about Brian Lancaster, who as a result of divorce, is in a custody battle with his ex-wife over their two children. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped two other misdemeanor charges, fraudulent computer access and unauthorized disclosure from a state Department of Motor Vehicles record. Silcocks e-mailed the information to Lesley Regina, a San Ramon family-law attorney that he had a personal relationship with and who is a friend of Lancaster's ex-wife, said Lancaster's attorney Jeff Hubins. Another attorney representing the ex-wife later used the information against Lancaster in family court.

Legal Marketplace Avvo Points to Two Divorce Trends
A survey conducted by Avvo to identify the major concerns people have about the divorce process and how they find the right lawyer to handle their case finds that among the greatest concern to those without children is how much the divorce is going to cost followed by the division of property. While the majority of people with children reported child custody issues as their major concern followed by the cost of the divorce. As to how people find an attorney, the study revealed that recommendations from friends and family ranked first followed by online discovery.

Man Says Ringing Church Bells Led to His Divorce
John Devaney,64, of Narragansett, Rhode Island is filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that incessant bell ringing from a nearby Catholic Church led to his divorce. He is asking that the court enforce a noise ordinance against the church. Devaney and his former wife purchased the home 18 years ago. At the time the bells at did not work. However, 6 years ago the system was upgraded to electronically sound the bells. He says the ringing of the bells caused him and his then wife to argue and put them in a bad mood. Devaney claims to hear the bells 700 times a week. That's about 36,000 gongs per year.

And They Shall Call Him . . .? Post-Divorce Disputes Over Children's Surnames
The couple divorced in 2010, and the terms of the divorce were based ... Physical custody refers to where the child lives—primarily with one parent .... Walter Siben Distinguished Professor ofFamily law at Hofstra University ...http://verdict.justia.com/2013/08/22/and-they-shall-call-him-post-divorce-disputes-over-childrens-surnames

Mayim Bialik 'I Cried When I Wrote' Divorce Blog Posts
In celebrity family law news, TV star Mayim Bialik says she cried while writing every blog post regarding her recent divorce. You may remember her from the hit 90's comedy-drama "Blossom" or more recently, as the quirky Amy Farrah Fowler from "The Big Bang Theory". The Emmy nominated actor currently shares custody of her two children her ex-husband Michael Stone. Bialik and Stone are known to practice the controversial style of parenting known as attachment style parenting. In the announcement she posted to her blog in November 2012, she wrote that divorce is something faced by every type of parent.

Before moving, a parent may have to seek approval from a Texas court
Whatever the reasons for a move, if child custody is involved, a Texas court ... That being the case, final Texas divorce orders or decrees may contain ... Get in touch with a Texas family law attorney today to learn more about ... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1463208

Family Courts Trying to Keep it Civil
"Family law cases are different than most cases," said Merrillville attorney ... These counties share a single mediator to expedite certain divorce and ... a clinical psychologist providing low-cost custody evaluations, Paras said… http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/family-courts-trying-to-keep-it-civil/article_1de5cfb6-bf95-5c08-a358-7c209c876fce.html

Man Divorces Then Sues Wife for Being Ugly, Wins
A man in China is awarded $120,000 in a court settlement after he sued his wife for being too ugly. The man suspected infidelity when the baby girl did not look like either parent but when DNA tests confirmed that he was indeed the father, the now ex-wife revealed that she had undergone $100,000 of plastic surgery to improve her looks. I should be safe to assume that custody went to the mother.

Wife receives hair in divorce settlement, Bob Dylan's hair that is
Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach had to hand over Bob Dylan's hair to Stephanie Gonis along with 5 million dollars. No word on whether or not Bob Dylan has reported his hair as being missing. Auerbach has sole custody of their five year old daughter due a history of instability from Gonis.

4 Divorce Mistakes That Can Derail Retirement
Getting divorced after 50 can have an enormous affect on your retirement ... divorced people are less likely to feel financially prepared for retirement ... Women and men tend to have very different retirement fears during divorce proceedings ... study found that divorced women had $34,000 less than divorced men ... full article

Life under the microscope takes toll – Zimmermans to divorce?
In Shellie Zimmerman's first interview she tells ABC that she's not certain that her marriage to George will survive. "I can't tell you how many nights I've gone to bed or laid awake at night saying, 'I wish to God that these circumstances had been different,'" divorce is "something I'll have to think about" with the trial still impacting the marriage. George was nowhere to be seen when Shelly appeared in court Wednesday to plea her perjury charge.

Think Twice Before Divorcing Without A Lawyer
More and more people are choosing to divorce without the help of a lawyer ... Although approaching a divorce without the help of an attorney can save money, it may also make the divorce process more difficult. Brent Chesney, a Texas judge, told 6 HD News in Corpus Christie, Texas, that when a person without a lawyer is divorcing someone who has an attorney, it can complicate the divorce for the party without legal representation ... full article

Wade's divorce bill might hit $10 million according to his divorce attorney
Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade could possibly end up with a $10 million legal bill for his divorce from high school girlfriend Siohvaughn Funches. "We were at about $8 million last year," said one divorce attorney. "He's paying more for lawyers than what he is paying his wife for the settlement."

Divorce case approaches second decade!

17 years of divorce and post divorce suits … and they are both law professors. Christo Lassiter is a law professor at the University of Cincinnati. Sharlene Lassiter is a law professor at Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law. The divorce lawsuit included more than 1,400-plus entries! … full article: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130812/NEWS0107/308120022/Court-calls-law-profs-17-year-divorce-fight-appalling-?nclick_check=1

Gay couple celebrates same sex marriage …. So they can obtain a same sex divorce
It's been less than a week since Minnesota legalized same sex marriage and is now looking at its first divorce. Although this is new ground for divorce lawyers it is unlikely that the courts will treat same sex divorce any differently from any other divorce. The twist with this divorce case is that prior to the change of law they couldn't get divorced as their marriage wasn't recognized in the first place.

More states move to ban foreign law in courts
A growing number of states are targeting what they see as a threat to their court systems: the influence of international laws ... North Carolina last month became the seventh state to pass legislation barring judges from considering foreign law in their decisions, including sharia ... Many of the bills, including North Carolina's, would apply only in situations in which invoking foreign law would violate a person's constitutional rights ... Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law expert at the University of North Carolina School of Law, said the legislation, particularly North Carolina's ban, is a solution to a non-existent problem ...

Israel divorce law traps women in marriages

After four years of marriage, Tamar Tessler filed for divorce ... that daughter is 36 years old — and Tessler is still awaiting the divorce ... taking her infant daughter ...divorce for non-Jews is handled by their own religious institutions ...

Dwight 'Doc' Gooden Sued By Own Lawyers …. Over Divorce Bill
x-MLB star Dwight 'Doc' Gooden is being sued by his divorce lawyers for not paying his divorce tab. Monique filed for divorce back in November after 3 years of marriage and an extremely tumultuous relationship. Monique Gooden after 3 years of marriage filed for divorce. At $325 an hour it doesn't take long to build up a healthy divorce bill.

After Divorce or Job Loss Comes the Good Identity Crisis
Some people may find they need less than two years to bounce back from a divorce ... Four years ago, Michael Hassard filed for divorce from his wife of almost eight years and began attending a "divorce care" class at his church .. . Recovering from a divorce or job loss actually involves two overlapping processes ...

First gay divorce finalized in Colorado
Supporters of Colorado's new civil unions law say the first state ruling of its kind declaring a same-sex divorce final sets a precedent for gay couples married in other states ... Gay couples are not allowed to marry in Colorado, but can get divorced there under state statute ... there is some confusion on how gay couples can get divorced

Survey: More companies stuck in litigation
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Companies are facing more litigation -- from employees, customers and other companies -- than they were a couple of years ago, according to a consulting firm's survey of corporate legal officers ... thirty-six percent of the general counsel told AlixPartners that their companies were involved in more legal disputes in the last 12 months than they were in the preceding 12 months ...

The New World of Same-Sex Divorce
The recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage have generated a fair amount of comment, by lawyers, gay activists, and social commentators ... Here how the DOMA case affects gay and lesbian couples going through a divorce ...

Reduced separation time for divorces a possibility
The US Census reports reveal the Southern Bible Belt has some of the highest divorce rates in the nation ... In many surrounding states, with the exception of North Carolina, the mandatory separation period for no fault divorces is as low as 60 days ...

Biomet Metal Hip Implant Failure leads to Liability Litigation
National law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a North Carolina woman ... It is one of many cases pending in the multidistrict litigation entitled In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implants Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3:12-md-2391). Biomet, Inc., and Biomet Orthopedics, LLC have been named as Defendants ... According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted in her left hip with the M2a Magnum system on Sept. 27 ...

A Divorce Lawyer's Guide To Preparing For Divorce
The first step is to prepare and protect yourself. You may be anticipating a friendly divorce, but unfortunately things don't always go as planned and you need to be prepared for the worst. Secure an address or a P.O. Box so you can be sure to receive your mail. Change the passwords on your computer and email accounts ...

Rachel Uchitel hires Katie Holmes, Bethenny Frankel divorce lawyers
Tiger Woods' former mistress Rachel Uchitel has hired the same divorce lawyers as Katie Holmes .. Frankel boldly cornered Holmes at a holiday bash in December, demanding after downing a few drinks, "Give me the name of your divorce lawyer." ....

Nigella Lawson - Getting Even: Nigella Lawson Gearing Up For Divorce With High Profile Lawyer
Nigella Lawson wasted no time before getting a lawyer ... It makes sense for Lawson to turn to Shackleton over any other divorce lawyer ...

Online dating: The cure for divorce?
M eeting online may soon be the rule rather than the exception in dating. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 35 percent of marriages got their start online. But the real surprise, the researchers say, was that those couples were happier and less likely to get divorcedthan those who met face-to-face.

Celebrating The Promise of Gideon
Fifty years ago an indigent prisoner in a Florida jail received the news that would change his life and the lives of thousands of men and women in the criminal justice system. No longer would he or any other criminal defendant face a possible jail sentence without the help of an effective lawyer at his side. Visit the Death Penalty Representation Project Homepage.

Hundreds of Chinese couples divorce to avoid paying property tax
Breaking up wasn’t hard to do in China this week, as hundreds of couples rushed to get quickie divorces to avoid tougher tax laws on home sales. At one marriage registration center in Shanghai, officials divorced a record 53 couples in a single day, according to a Reuters report. The uncontested divorces cost just a few yaun, making it well worth the money saved. First the couples split up, then they split ownership of their properties and sell them, without having to pay capital gains taxes of as much as 20 percent. Read more

N.C. sues DentalWorks, alleges unnecessary treatments pushed, illegal ownership
State officials allege in a lawsuit that the DentalWorks dentistry chain pressured dentists and dental workers at its North Carolina locations to give patients expensive, unnecessary treatments ... DentalWorks has moved the two lawsuits to federal court. It has not issued a formal reply to the allegations. Corporate lawyer Mark Solls said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation ... read more

Litigation Finance Firm BlackRobe Shuts Down
The founders of BlackRobe Capital Partners LLC are walking away from the litigation-finance firm, citing internal disagreements and a failure to attract enough outside capital from investors ... Others in the world of litigation finance say the difficulties BlackRobe encountered are growing pains in a field where demand continues to climb ... A number of companies and law firms have embraced litigation funding ... Investors like litigation finance because "it's not correlated to market risks," said Jonathan Molot, chief investment officer at Burford Capital ...

Woman arrested 396 times tells parole board she can change
She has been arrested 396 times in Chicago since 1978, but she told the Illinois Prisoner Review Board on Tuesday that she deserves another shot at freedom, the Chicago Sun-Times reports ... Miles, 51, said she found God in prison and is now a role model for young inmates. "I don't want to be a big monster," she said.

Former DA jailed after judge issues scathing opinion in rare Texas court of inquiry
An unusual court of inquiry held to probe the conduct of a former Texas district attorney has concluded with a blistering opinion by the presiding judge ... Anderson's lawyer, Eric Nichols, said his client will appeal on statute-of-limitations grounds ...

ABA opinion cautions judges to avoid ethics pitfalls of social media
Judges don't have to sit by the now-proverbial telephone hoping to make contact with the rest of the world. Instead, they may join the growing numbers of people who participate in electronic social networking ... That was the conclusion reached by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility in its Formal Opinion 462 (Judge's Use of Electronic Social Networking Media), issued on Feb. 21.

Celebrating The Promise of Gideon
Fifty years ago an indigent prisoner in a Florida jail received the news that would change his life and the lives of thousands of men and women in the criminal justice system. No longer would he or any other criminal defendant face a possible jail sentence without the help of an effective lawyer at his side. Visit the Death Penalty Representation Project Homepage.

Hundreds of Chinese couples divorce to avoid paying property tax
Breaking up wasn't hard to do in China this week, as hundreds of couples rushed to get quickie divorces to avoid tougher tax laws on home sales. At one marriage registration center in Shanghai, officials divorced a record 53 couples in a single day, according to a Reuters report. The uncontested divorces cost just a few yaun, making it well worth the money saved. First the couples split up, then they split ownership of their properties and sell them, without having to pay capital gains taxes of as much as 20 percent. Read more

N.C. sues DentalWorks, alleges unnecessary treatments pushed, illegal ownership
State officials allege in a lawsuit that the DentalWorks dentistry chain pressured dentists and dental workers at its North Carolina locations to give patients expensive, unnecessary treatments ... DentalWorks has moved the two lawsuits to federal court. It has not issued a formal reply to the allegations. Corporate lawyer Mark Solls said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation ... read more

 

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