Supreme Court Says Everyone Can Marry

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The issue of same sex marriage is now resolved in the United States. Marriage is marriage. Not traditional marriage, not man-woman marriage, not same sex marriage, not civil unions, etc., etc.   In a 5-4 opinion issued today Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority holds that the 14th Amendment bars states from prohibiting same sex marriage, and compels …

Insurance payments to pay child support arrears?

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From: Monterey County Herald California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would intercept more insurance payments and use them to pay beneficiaries’ overdue child support. About a quarter of insurance companies now voluntarily participate in the program. It collects about $17 million annually from insurance claims, settlements and awards that would otherwise go to individuals who owe child support. The …

2015 AAML Symposium A Success!

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I had the privilege this past weekend of speaking (along with my buddy Ron Granberg) at the annual symposium put on by the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. For three glorious days over 200 lawyers from throughout the western US had to suffer with all the beauty, great wine, great food, and great weather Napa, California …

Listen to the Supreme Court arguments on the issue of same sex marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court still operates in relative secrecy. There are no cameras. There are no live feeds of the Court’s proceedings. If you want to hear it live, you have to stand in line and get a seat in the courtroom when an oral argument takes place. What the Court does do, is make the audio recordings of the …

The Destination Divorce

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I have just read a fascinating article at Quartz (qz.com) regarding the destination divorce. Here is the set up from the article. Before no-fault divorce, getting a divorce was much more burdensome. “In general, before no-fault, you could only sue for divorce if you could prove you had the grounds acceptable in your state—like having a spouse who had committed …

Catholic Divorce

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Every religion has its dogma and practice regarding divorce.  That includes the Catholic Church.  With a billion+ catholics around the world, the effect of Catholic policy has an impact on divorce practice. A recent editorial in the Boston Globe addresses the strict Catholic doctrinaire regarding divorce, and the likelihood of the church’s stance relaxing under current Pope Francis.  For a divorced …