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.
WASHINGTON – During oral arguments that were heated and at times emotional Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether the Indian Child Welfare Act trumps state law in a contested adoption.
The justices at times talked over each other and the lawyers often raised their voices during arguments in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.
The unmarried father of a child conceived through in vitro fertilization could seek to enforce an agreement with the mother acknowledging his paternity, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in affirming judgment.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a three-month suspension to a lawyer convicted of attempting to remove her 12-year-old son from the custody of her ex-husband.
A lawyer in Georgia who had already been disbarred for inventing hearing dates in a custody case is in more hot water.
A father who was the primary caretaker of a couple’s children should not have been awarded custody and exclusive possession of the marital home where there was a concurrent domestic abuse proceeding pending against him, the New Jersey Appellate Division has ruled.
A jury has awarded a Maryland father $720,000 in his lawsuit against his former wife and three other people, in which he claimed his ex-wife encouraged their 16-year-old daughter to run away and allowed her to marry rather than honor a court order granting him custody.
The same-sex partner of a mother who conceived children through artificial insemination could sue to establish her parental rights following the breakup of their relationship, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled in reversing a dismissal.
An Illinois court has recognized that common law provides contract remedies to unmarried individuals who claim they were promised a parental role in the lives of children conceived through artificial insemination.
Children in California could have more than two parents if the state legislature approves pending legislation.