The Japanese government has moved closer to changing its family law system, including the rules governing international child custody. According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, the Foreign Ministry office would manage cases of international child kidnapping along with the search for abducted children.
Jamie McCourt is requesting an immediate sale of the Dodgers to avoid a takeover by Major League Baseball. During a divorce with the team's owner, Frank McCourt, the Jamie was fired, and she now claims that the team is severely mismanaged. Jamie petitioned Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to order an immediate sale in hopes of obtaining the maximum amount of value for the franchise.
It is no secret that the recession has been particularly hard on Wisconsin. In troubled economic times, court ordered child support takes on added importance. Parents depend on child support to provide the basis necessities, including food, clothing, and daycare, for their kids. When child support payments are missed, children suffer.
In Wisconsin, a judge who makes child custody decisions needs to keep the best interests of the child a primary consideration. Broadly defined, a child's best interests include maintaining his or her relationships with parents, siblings, and other family members as well as the mental and physical health of the parties. A judge can consider physical health of a parent, but a recent case from another state illustrates how controversial this consideration can be.
Just as the face of the American family has changed, the way family law affects Wisconsin families has changed over the years. Just over 20 years ago, more than 60 percent of family households in Milwaukee were occupied by married couples.
Two weeks after their 25th wedding anniversary and four months after Arnold Schwarzenegger end his term as the Governator, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that they are separating.
Calling it "a year full of challenges," actress Halle Berry admitted that she was finally satisfied to be at the end of a lengthy child custody dispute with her ex-partner Gabriel Aubry. Berry and Aubry are the parents of a three-year-old girl and have been going rounds in family court since last May when the never-married couple split up.
Marital property division can be one of the most complex issues in a divorce. Property division can be especially complex when the spouses have been married a long time and have accumulated substantial assets together. A recent high assets divorce provides a rather stark example of how difficult dividing property can be.
An increase in the rate of divorce in Wisconsin and across the United States may be directly related to a rebound in the economy, according to recent statistical studies and family law attorneys who are now seeing more couples choose to end marriages. During the recession, the overall number of divorces dropped dramatically nationwide. Now that financial conditions have begun improving and stabilizing, more married partners are calling it quits.