Custody of a pet after divorce: Canadian Family Law Judge Rules that a dog is a dog is a piece of property; thus no "custody award"

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WHO WILL WIN CUSTODY OF A PET DOG? CANADIAN FAMILY LAW JUDGE ANSWERS   FIGHTING OVER CUSTODY OF A PET IS STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR A LOT OF COUPLES THESE DAYS. ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE COUPLES? Fighting over who will or should win custody of a pet in your divorce case? Justice Richard Danyliuk of …

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In Matter of Gregory S v. Dana K: Mother Ordered to Write Book Report by Erie County Judge

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A Buffalo New York judge issued the most interesting order in this family court case involving visitation and child support. The mother in the case is accused of having poisoned the children’s relationship with their father over the course of several years to the point that the children wanted nothing to do with their father. …

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES V. L. v. E. L., ET AL: A same-sex couple fight over custody & adoption

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In this case, the Supreme Court was petitioned to determine if a lesbian woman had any parental rights over her former lesbian spouse’s biological children. The lesbian couple were married in the state of Georgia and one partner (prior to marriage) had 3 children by in vitro. The other partner subsequently adopted the children and …

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In Frances v Frances, the NY Appellate Division Opines that Financial Settlements Must Contain Precise Language to be Enforced

In Francis v Francis, the wife appealed a decision in the lower court which required her to pay her husband 50 percent of the refund from their joint tax return. The problem is that the settlement agreement contained no language about her husband getting 50 percent of the return and so the wife helped herself …

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Sherri Shepherd's surrogacy & child support dispute: Is she the "equitable mother?"

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Divorce & Surrogacy & “Equitable Maternity” – by Lawyer X Divorce & surrogacy collide often these days and it seems that courts around the world are having a tough time figuring out all the legal logistics. It is a sign of our times. Increasingly, infertile, wealthy married couples are turning to assisted reproduction methods, including surrogacy, in order to have children …

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CALIFORNIA: Sweden has jurisdiction over American born infant says U.S. Dist Court in California

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Carlwig v Carlwig   U.S. Dist. Ct. in the Central District of CA decides a controversial case using ICARA and other child abduction statutes including the Hague Convention and the UCCJEA . The interesting thing is that the child was born in California and was only months old. The child has an older sibling born in Sweden. …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Sex in the Divorce

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Sex in the Divorce An article I recently read  about a draft bill in Massachusetts that proposes a ban on sex or dating in the marital residence without prior judicial consent pending the finalization of the divorce action, inspired this post. Can a judge legally forbid an adult, who happens to be in the midst of …

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