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Partners to Attend Upcoming Advanced Family Law Retreat Regarding Same Sex Family Law Issues

Tying the Knot.jpgMaddox & Gerock encourages all Virginia family law attorneys to attend this amazing advanced family law retreat: Tying & Untying the Knot: Advocating Same Sex Family Law Issues. It will take place on February 20-21, 2015 at the Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, VA. Partners Julie Gerock, Katharine Maddox and Marcia Maddox plan to attend.

The Impact of Bringing Sean Home

In 2009, David Goldman returned to the United States with his son, Sean, following a multi-year international custody fight. The two discuss their lives following the reunion and how the ordeal impacted them: http://m.today.com/news/david-sean-goldman-talk-family-future-5-years-after-their-1D80385661

Pause Before You Post to Facebook and Other Social Media

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case centered on a man's threatening posts to Facebook. Anthony Elonis was convicted of violating a federal law that forbids making interstate threats after he posted several threatening and often graphic posts to his Facebook account about harming his wife, a class of kindergartners, and a female FBI agent.

Good news re: international custody abduction preventative measures

The International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014 (22 U.S.C. § 9101 et seq.), enacted in August, 2014, provides a new tool to prevent abductions from the United States by requiring Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish a program to prevent a child from departing the United States. "[I]f a parent or legal guardian of such child presents a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction prohibiting the removal of such child from the United States to a CBP Officer in sufficient time to prevent such departure for the duration of such court order", CBP is to prevent the departure of the child from the United States. Until now, even when there has been knowledge that a parent is in the process of abducting or planning to abduct a child from the US, the only remedy has been to initiate legal proceedings, which is often too late, resulting in the implication of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the country where the child has been removed to if that country has adopted the Hague Convention; or if the country where the child is now located, a web of legal entanglements based on that country's laws which often are not favorable to the left behind parent.

Circuit Courts Now Split on Bans Against Same-Sex Marriage

Last week, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit broke with a wide array of other federal courts when it upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four states: Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. This decision directly conflicts with the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits.

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