Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s refusal to recognize state same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, employers are scrambling to figure out how far they have to go in changing their employee benefit and leave policies.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple challenging a Michigan law that prevents them from adopting each other’s children.
A “scorched-earth” litigation campaign mounted by a divorcee and her lawyers against the woman’s ex-husband has prompted a Virginia judge to impose a record-breaking $880,748.26 sanction award against both the client and the lawyer.
The sanctions award ordered by Fairfax Circuit Judge Jonathan C. Thacher appears to be the largest ever in Virginia.
A divorced father could not agree to forgo parenting time in exchange for relief from his child support obligation, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.
Community property in a divorce did not include additional retirement credit purchased during the marriage for the husband’s premarital military service, the California Supreme Court has ruled in reinstating a property division order.
WASHINGTON – In a ruling that will have an immediate effect on more than 1,000 federal laws and programs, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, holding that the law prohibiting recognition of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages for federal purposes unconstitutionally violates equal protection principles.
WASHINGTON – In a contested interstate adoption case that raised complicated questions about the intersection of federal and state law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not automatically bar the adoption of an Indian child over the objection of her non-custodial biological father.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a petition for the return of an abducted child by a parent under the Hague Convention can be equitably tolled when the abducting parent concealed the whereabouts of the child from the other parent.
A Chapter 7 debtor’s prepetition claim against her former spouse for alimony was property of her bankruptcy estate, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment.
It’s fair to assume Warren Hillman never intended that the proceeds of his federal employee life insurance policy would go to his ex-wife when he died unexpectedly in 2008.
But whatever Warren intended doesn’t matter. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the only thing that matters is that he did not change his beneficiary designation after his 1998 divorce.