Family Law

International Child Custody and Abduction

Transnational or intercultural marriage is more prevailing; thus, it is common that parents have different nationality and reside in different places. However, when the marriage of a transnational couple comes to be unstable and inclines to rupture, this may result in the relocation of a child with a parent. As a result, during the time…

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Why American Surrogates Are in Demand for Chinese Families

Commercial surrogacy is banned in most of the world – including many U.S. states – and for a long time, infertile couples, singles, and homosexual couples only had a few options to turn to when it came to finding a international surrogate. India, Nepal, Thailand, and Mexico were a few countries where surrogacy services are…

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How Common Is Divorce And What Are The Reasons?

In the United States alone, research has shown that 40-50% of first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation. The risk of divorce for second marriages is even higher at 60%. Although divorce has always been common in American society, divorce has become more common over the last 50 years, and the divorce rate…

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International Prenuptial Agreements

Entering the 21st century allowed easy access to the entire globe. A result of this international experience is the rise of international marriages. Many who enter into international marriages consider the laws of these differing countries and turn to prenuptial agreements to protect themselves or their assets. These agreements serve as valuable documents throughout the…

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Missing Spouse Divorce

Sometimes, at the end of a marriage, one spouse moves out of the house, never to be seen again. When this happens, can a divorce still be granted? Divorces are a form of lawsuits. In order to complete a lawsuit in California, the other party must be provided legal notice of the proceedings through a…

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Grandparent Visitation in California

Child custody and visitation rights cases happen on a very regular basis in the United States. It is often assumed that these proceedings affect the two biological parents that go through the court system and all of their immediate offspring. However, this is not always the case. Today, child custody proceedings take a variety of forms…

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Same-Sex Parent Adoption Recognized By Supreme Court

On March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, in V.L. v. E.L., recognized second parent adoption, which allows a second parent of the same gender as the biological parent to adopt a child without terminating the biological parent’s parental rights. In the case, two Alabama women were involved in a relationship from 1995-2011. Using assisted reproductive technology,…

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Judges-Preference System Followed for Child Custody Awards

When dealing with child custody issues, a family law lawyer can be essential to preserving the parental rights of an individual. However, it is necessary to realize that just because a parent has a family law attorney, it does not guarantee that a judge will render a decision awarding custody in their favor. One thing…

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The Fate of Frozen Embryos after Divorce

The recent ruling of a California judge in family court was a hot topic of conversation in California family law matters. In fact, it was the first such ruling of its kind in California. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ruled that a couple’s five frozen embryos had to be “thawed and discarded,” due…

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Divorce In Military Families: What Additional Legal Issues Are Involved?

Americans are proud of our military and the soldiers that service these duties. Each year, an increasing number of men and women join the military in hopes of being able to serve and protect this country from domestic and foreign terrorists. The sacrifice that these men and women face while in the military usually mean…

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