Family Court Judge Refuses Divorce

Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton Sometimes, a judge will be just looking for some cheap professional attention. which’s what we suspect occurred This particular week when a Tennessee family court judge cited the SCOTUS marriage equality decision, among some other reasons, as the stated basis for denying an elderly couple’s divorce. After hearing coming from 7 witnesses…

Same-Sex Divorce Could Require Moving Out-of-State

When our SCOTUS recently struck-down the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, in addition to also also held that will California’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, proponents of same-sex marriage understandably hailed the decisions as a victory.  currently that will the dust has began to settle in these seminal cases, some of the fall-out will…

fresh York Becomes 6th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage; California Next?

Albany, fresh York.  Last night, in a 33-29 vote, the fresh York Senate passed a same sex marriage bill likely to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  When of which bill is usually signed by the governor, who lobbied for its passage, fresh York becomes the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. A…

SCOTUS: No Right to Attorney in Child Support Civil Contempt Proceeding

As the High Court’s term comes to an end of which week, SCOTUS will be issuing opinions by the day.  One of those announced of which week was the South Carolina case involving a father’s contempt proceeding for failure to pay his child support. The case, Turner v Rogers, involved a series of contempt proceedings…

High Court Rules Religious Mom Can No Longer Homeschool

Admittedly, the brand-new Hampshire Supreme Court’s recent decision favoring public school over homeschooling by Mother does not bind any of the courts in our jurisdiction.  Nevertheless, the ruling is actually instructive for anyone wrangling with family court issues. This specific blog tracked the dispute in an earlier post as the case was submitted to the…

Same-Sex Marriage Cases Go Constitutional

A federal law suit filed last year by two California same-sex couples (one gay; one lesbian) has raised constitutional issues within the gay marriage context in addition to is usually unfolding in a momentous trial.  In Massachusetts, another federal case tests whether a federal statutory provision which draws a sexual-preference distiniction is usually constitutional. The complaint in Perry…