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 to ...
Judges-Preference System Followed for Child Custody Awards
When dealing with child custody issues, a 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 to consider is that more often t...
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 1995-2...
Grandparent Visitation in California
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 and affect...
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 summons.
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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...
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 has remaine...
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 a mere...