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Hot Topics in Family Law Archives

Divorce and Your Pets

If you are considering a divorce and one of your top priorities is your pet, you are not alone. One report  shows that 27% of family lawyers surveyed have seen an increase in couples fighting for custody of their beloved pets. However, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, "in the eyes of the law, ...[pets]... are really no different than the silverware, the cars, [and] the home". In other words, the ownership of pets are determined by most courts like any other physical property.

Supreme Court Recognizes the Right of Same-Sex Couples Nationwide to Marry

In a landmark decision handed down early on Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that same-sex couples are allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer restrict this right to heterosexual couples.

Sharing Love and Money Outside of Marriage and the Potential Downsides

"It has become 'no big deal' to mix love and money outside of marriage." In a recent article, the Washington Post examines the modern complexities that face unmarried couples who share finances. As marriage rates decline, more and more unmarried couples are forming joint accounts and buying property together. These decisions can have long-range affects and individuals should be aware of the potential consequences.

Surrogacy: An Evolving Area of the Law

          Modern technology complicates parentage under the law. In a recent, high profile case, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that actress Shari Shepherd was to be listed on the birth certificate of a child born via surrogacy. In that case, Ms. Shepherd and her former husband, Lamar Sally, conceived a baby using a donor's egg, Sally's sperm, and a surrogate's womb. Although Ms. Shepherd was not biologically related to the child, the judge ruled she was to be listed on the birth certificate as "mother" pursuant to a surrogacy contract and the intent of the parties. The parties' intended, prior to their split, to be parents to the then unborn child.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Four New Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear four new cases regarding same-sex marriage. The case will be argued this April and a decision is expected in June. The Court will hear argument on two issues:

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