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Perry v. Schwarzenegger Resurrects Right of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

By Diana Richmond, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft, L.L.P. “In December 2010, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether same-sex couples can marry in California,” writes Diana Richmond. “The U.S. District Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the same...

Unhappily Ever After: Family Law Issues in Bankruptcy

This paper was originally presented to the West Texas Bankruptcy Institute on October 29, 2010. Love and marriage, Love and marriage Go together Like a horse and carriage This I tell you brother You can't have one without the other --Frank Sinatra While love and marriage may go...

Ask Lambda Legal: After DOMA: What Does it Mean for You?

By Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation Q: Now that DOMA is gone what will it mean for my family? A: The victory at the Supreme Court was an amazing time for our community but we also know there will be a lot of questions in the weeks and months ahead. There are more than 1,100 places...

A ‘Gossip Girl’ Cross-Continent Custody Catastrophe Case

Kelly Rutherford, an American actress known for her role in the television show “Gossip Girl,” has been involved in a custody dispute regarding her two minor children. Ms. Rutherford’s former husband, Daniel Giersch, was previously given custody by a California court. As he was unable...

McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC Family Law Update: Parent's Responsibility to Pay for Child's College Education

By Anthony Hoover In 1993, Pennsylvania passed a law that provided courts the authority to require parents to pay college expenses for their children (23 Pa.C.S. § 4327). In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Curtis v. Kline , held that the 1993 statute was unconstitutional [ enhanced...

McNees, Wallace& Nurick: Husband Permitted To Seek Attorney's Fees Against Wife For Her Failure To Comply With Prenuptial Agreement

By Anthony Hoover In the 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court Non-precedential Decision, De Boer v. Pott, the Court confirmed husband's right to seek attorney's fees against wife due to wife's failure to comply with the parties' prenuptial agreement[ enhanced opinion available to lexis...

Pa. Court Awards Grandparents Partial Custody Of Children Over Mother's Objection, Holds Minor Criminal Convictions Irrelevant In Custody Case

By Anthony Hoover In June 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in K.T. v. L.S. , provided partial child custody to the children's paternal grandparents over mother's objection[ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers | Lexis Advance ] . The two children in this matter were...

Going to School . . . Divorce Style

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided a case involving a very common issue arising in school districts across the country due to the splitting up of families: what are a district’s responsibilities with getting a student to school when the parents have two separate houses and the child...

Stepdad Learns That Parenthood Has A Price

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in A.S. v. I.S., 2015 Pa. LEXIS 3129 (Pa. Dec. 29, 2015) , that a stepfather who successfully litigated for shared custody of his stepsons had to pay child support as part of the parenthood package. The stepfather married the mother, who had twin sons from a prior...