Category Archives: Family Law Corner

Child Support Arrears May Add Up to Felony Time? You Betcha, Levi!

The Palin family is never far from the headlines and now it is Bristol Palin’s turn. In November, it was reported that her baby daddy, Levi Johnston, had filed for joint custody of the couple’s child, Tripp. Palin responded by requesting payment of child support arrears in the amount of $67,000, a finding that Johnston is underemployed and, of course, requesting the court deny Johnston’s request to increase his custody share. Palin is further requesting that the court find that, under Alaskan law, Johnston has committed a felony by owing so much in child support arrears.

Obama Administration Recognizes Utah Same-Sex Marriages Under Federal Law

The Obama Administration announced Friday that the federal government will recognize approximately 1,360 same-sex marriages performed in Utah since December 2013, despite the state’s refusal to acknowledge these marriages.

Trapped in Marriage: Potential Pitfalls of Same-Sex Marriages in Non-Recognition States

When they decided to end their marriage, Mississippi residents Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon faced an unusual hurdle: the court refused to grant them a divorce.

Family Law Corner: Bode Miller Case Raises Question of Rights of Pregnant Women

Winning is on U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller’s mind — not just going for gold in Sochi but also in the courtroom against baby-mama Sarah McKenna.

Spouse’s Undisclosed Twitter Investment Could Benefit Her Ex Post-IPO

Laura E. Vocke and Katie Burke, Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. Twitter’s Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) has garnered much attention since the company went public in November, and divorcé Stuart…

Under Washington Law, Marriage Establishes No Express or Technical Trust With Respect to the Exception from Discharge Provided in Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(4)

In In re Mele, 13 C.D.O.S. 12737, No. WW-13-1173-DTaKu (November 25, 2013), the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a property allocation judgment arising from marital dissolution proceedings in Washington is dischargeable in a chapter 13 case notwithstanding Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(4), which excepts from discharge debts “for fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity, embezzlement, or larceny….”

Family Law Corner: Ex-Wife Calls Foul On Ex-Husband’s Spending

Kendra Rae Davis, sometime “Real Housewives of Atlanta” groupie and wife of former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Antonio Davis, is calling foul on his spending down their joint accounts since she filed for divorce last June. In addition to withdrawing $133,510 in July, Kendra claims he also spent $563,041 from a joint account on a new house. According to TMZ, Kendra is asking the court to order Antonio to return the funds because his withdrawals violated certain restraining orders.

Family Law Corner: Contentious Divorce Gets Even More Heated

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat has been feeling the heat on and off the court. Bad puns aside, Wade has been involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle that has lasted longer than the marriage did and is not ending any time soon.

Family Law Corner: Tax Deductible Spousal Support Causes Glee

Despite her impending divorce and her wife’s request for spousal support and attorney’s fees, Glee star Jane Lynch has one thing to be gleeful about: her spousal support payments will now be tax deductible.

Short Order Divorce for Famous Cook

Nigella Lawson, famous for her cooking show with a flirtatious edge, has been involved in a very public break up from her husband of ten years, art collector, Charles Saatchi.