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May 2011 Archives

Change in Japanese Child Custody Law Soon to Go Before Parliament

Japan is the only country among the Group of Seven industrialized nations that dominate international politics and economic matters that has not signed the Hague Convention on international child abduction.

Prenup a Focus in Schwarzenegger/Shriver Marital Dissolution

We have remarked in previous posts that, notwithstanding the entertainment value some people might derive from celebrity tales that occasionally dominate media headlines for a time, those stories can be widely instructive regarding family matters and other issues.

Census Bureau Report: American Trends on Marriage and Divorce

Calling it "one of the most noticeable changes in marital patterns," a Census Bureau report released yesterday cites the strong trend evidenced over the past quarter century indicating that millions of American women are choosing to delay marriage. In 1986, about 26 percent of women aged 25 to 29 had never been married. In 2009, that number stood at 47 percent, nearly double the earlier figure. The trend was also similar for women of older age groups.

NFL Players in Lockout Seek Modification of Child Support Orders

It would certainly be reasonable to think that most family law issues concerning professional sports stars in the United States would center on highly valued property and other assets, given that the average annual wage of a pro football player is nearly $2 million and that of a basketball player three times higher.

Custody Ruling Citing Parent's Cancer Draws Wide Attention

A North Carolina judge has just issued a ruling in a child custody case that is drawing an unusual amount of scrutiny and comment from both legal and cancer experts.

Divorce Asset Division: If Relevant, Don't Forget About IP Rights

A sticking point in the divorce dispute between actor Michael Douglas and his first wife highlights an element of property division that is sometimes ignored yet can be relevant in many dissolution proceedings, whether involving a celebrity or not.

Study: Courts Often Deny Fathers Fair Shake in Custody Matters

Authors of two new studies focused on child custody conclude that there is marked variance between custody outcomes that many people tend to view as "standard" and what most people would do if they were in a position to decide custody matters.

Having a Conversation About a Premarital Agreement

We discussed the changing perceptions of many marrying couples toward prenuptial agreements in a recent blog post (April 8), noting that these agreements (also commonly called premarital agreements) are being increasingly employed in first and, especially, subsequent marriages. Though the number of prenups is still relatively small, it is growing.

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