Tag Archives: family law

Family Law Corner: Custody Battle Escalates as Question of Jurisdiction Lingers

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna Last Family Law Corner, we updated Kelly Rutherford’s epic custody battle. When we left Rutherford’s story, it was just…

Family Law Corner: Differing “Views” on Surrogacy

Sherri Shepherd’s (formerly of “The View”) divorce has been one juicy headline after another. First, Shepherd and her husband, Lamar Sally, filed for divorce in different states. Their respective filings forced them to publicly acknowledge the…

Child Abduction Warnings and Pitfalls: The Fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Lozano v. Montoya Alvarez

Stephen B. Ruben, CFLS Child abduction is the ultimate act of parental alienation and child abuse. According to the Department of Justice, each year more than 200,000 children become victims….

A Week at the Justice & Diversity Center [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you ever wonder what’s going on at the Justice & Diversity Center? Check out the infographic below to get a behind-the-scenes snapshot of a sample week in the life…

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.

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.

A Week at the Justice & Diversity Center [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you ever wonder what’s going on at the Justice & Diversity Center? Check out the infographic below to get a behind-the-scenes snapshot of a sample week in the life…

Family Law Volunteer Allysyn Overton Balances the Scales of Justice

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is pleased to recognize Allysyn Overton as our volunteer of the month. Overton was new to Family Law in early 2013 when she began…

Court Has Widest Discretion to Choose Parenting Plan for Former “Gossip Girl” Star and Ex-Husband

“Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford had one of the most contentious divorces and custody wars we have ever written about, complete with restraining orders, private investigators, and possible involvement by Rutherford in the revocation of her ex’s (Daniel Giersch) American visa.

End of Romance Can Signal Start of Litigation When Pricey Engagement Ring is at Stake

The NFL’s highest paid defensive player, Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills, is suing his ex-fiancée for refusing to return her $785,000 diamond engagement ring.