Archive for the ‘Family Law’ category

Hopefully lesbian and gay New Yorkers who have married out of state, but expect their marriages to be enforceable in New York state courts, will not run into the same problems as Jennifer Tobits, about whom I just blogged, who is having her right to inherit her now deceased wife’s assets challenged by her wife’s […]

Even though marriage for same-sex couples is legal in several states, marrying in a state that recognizes such a thing doesn’t obviate the need to take care of your estate planning and other legal matters in the “old fashioned” way (contractually, using beneficiary designation forms, a will etc) if you live in a state that […]

Above the Law ran the story below today about a decision from the NY Appellate Division, Simkin v. Blank, in which a divided court allowed Steven Simkin to reopen a divorce settlement on account of money he lost in the Bernie Madoff investment fraud.  In effect, the court allowed him to “claw back” money he […]

This morning the Vermont Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a family court trial judge’s order awarding Janet Jenkins sole custody of her daughter Isabella.  This case has gained a great deal of media and legal attention since 2003 when Isabella’s other mother, Lisa Miller-Jenkins, moved to Virginia, became an Evangelical Christian and sought to deny Janet […]

Proposition 8 should be struck down because it denies same-sex couples access to the “unique” value” of marriage and “denigrates” domestic partners by not allowing them to marry, Professor Suzanne Goldberg argues in a brief filed for the latest challenge to the California law. The amicus brief, on behalf of four gay rights and civil […]

Here’s the weekly roundup of events of note that were worthy of longer comment, if I had more time: The University of Florida has fired a male professor after finding that he made inappropriate comments in the classroom about how Latinas dressed differently from other women.  He had been warned twice before that his comments […]

Might Kristen Booth Glen become the next Judge Judy?  Last week she approved a petition from CNN to video and then broadcast the adoption proceedings of a 5-month-old boy named Nicholas by “Tony,” the partner of “Gary,” who conceived the child with a surrogate.  Judiciary Law §218 bars cameras in the courtroom without a judge’s […]

Yesterday at the Women Deliver global conference, Melinda Gates announced that the Gates Foundation will invest $1.5 billion over the next five years in programs promoting maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition in developing countries.  Fantastic.  Yet, one of Women Deliver’s key goals – safe and legal abortions as one of the tools […]

Many people regard marriage rights for same-sex couples as the civil rights issue of this generation. Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have strong feelings one way or the other on this issue: Should courts recognize the marriage rights of lesbian and gay couples as a matter of dignity and equality, or […]

The Supreme Court issued three very important decisions today all of which, in different ways, engage issues of gender and/or sexuality law: – Graham v. Florida, holding that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole in non-capital cases; – U.S. v. Comstock allowing federal officials to indefinitely hold inmates considered […]

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