Category Archives: Family Law Corner

Judge Veers Over Two and a Half Times Under Guideline Calculations in Child Support Order

Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna Jon Cryer, who earns $700,000 per month as star of CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” according to his most…

United States Supreme Court Hears Argument on Legality of Firearm Possession by People Convicted of Domestic Violence Misdemeanors

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in United States v. Castleman, on whether a person who has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor should be allowed to possess guns.

In 2001, James Castleman was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault in Tennessee, for “intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to the mother of his child,” under a law that does not require “physical force” to convict.

The Power Of One: Accommodating Caregivers Under The San Francisco Family Friendly Ordinance

Bill Bogdan Whether you employ 20 people in Vacaville, Virginia or on Venus, the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance will affect you if one of those employees: is a caregiver of…

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.