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September 2010 Archives

McCourts' Divorce and Dodgers Fate Finally in Judge's Hands

The Jamie and Frank McCourt divorce trial has been unfolding half a continent away, but the details are riveting to family law attorneys and baseball fans around the country. Most of us can't even imagine owning a baseball team, much less arguing over whether it was covered in a post-nup. Or two. Or six.

Fla. Gay Adoption Decision Sparks More Debate

In our last post, we wrote about this week's Florida Court of Appeal decision that affirmed the unconstitutionality of the state's ban on adoption by homosexuals. Even as far away as Illinois, communities are feeling the repercussions of the case, because, at the heart of it, the decision is about parenting.

Fla. Court Affirms Gay Adoption Ban Is Unconstitutional

Florida joined Illinois and the rest of the United States yesterday when the Third District Court affirmed a lower court decision regarding adoption by homosexuals. The court held 3 to 0 that the law banning homosexuals from adopting is unconstitutional. The case is interesting not only because it touches on social norms and hot-button issues, but also because it is a great example of a constitutional argument.

Dwyane Wade Custody Suit Under Way in Cook County

Chicago native and NBA star Dwyane Wade entered court recently in the next phase of his divorce proceedings. The divorce from his high school sweetheart was finalized in June, with the question of custody of the couple's children left open. The current court proceedings will determine where the two boys, aged 8 and 3, live and which parent has primary responsibility for their upbringing.

Study Shows American Attitudes About Family Changing

Researchers at Indiana University released the results of a survey this week that shows a definite shift in Americans' definition of family. Data gathered in 2003, 2006 and 2010 from more than 2,300 interviews revealed that, over the past seven years, Americans have increasingly recognized both straight and gay unmarried couples as families -- a trend that is noteworthy to family law attorneys in Illinois and around the country.

Women, Work, Money, Marriage - Study Results Show Differences Between Races (part 2)

In this post, I am looking at the specific results of a study I talked about in my September 14 post. The study, which appears in the October issue of the Journal of Family Issues, looked at the economic roles of women in marriages and the effect that two economic factors in particular -- work and earnings -- have on the stability of a marriage. The data was not examined on a state level, so Illinois results are not available. Still, the national results are interesting, and I invite readers to comment below.

The More We Work, The More We Earn - The More We Divorce (part 1)

New research, published in the October issue of the Journal of Family Issues, shows a link between a wife's income, hours worked and the likelihood of divorce. If happiness has a price (see my September 8, 2010 post), it seems divorce does as well. In this post and the next, I will discuss the results of this study that I believe will be of interest to families in Illinois.

Divorce in a Downturn - Lower Costs With Litigation Alternatives

If you get the shakes looking at your investment statement these days, imagine how you'd feel if you were going through a divorce. It's stress piled on stress, and the more stress couples have, the more likely it is the divorce will get ugly. And the uglier the divorce, the more expensive it is. Which brings everyone back to the investment portfolio, or what's left of it after the latest market downturn.

How Much Is That Happiness in the Window? About $75k.

Financial trouble is often cited as one of the top 10 reasons for divorce or child custody disputes. Being strapped for cash can lead to squabbles over spending priorities, which in turn lead to realizations of differences in core values. On the flip side, when the media report on celebrity divorces -- Tiger and Elin Woods, for example -- the focus is not on the amount of time each will spend with their children, but, rather, on how many millions of dollars Elin got in the settlement.

Bridget Dumps Bernie - Interfaith Divorce Tough on Kids

In the old TV show, "Bridget Loves Bernie," a Catholic girl married a Jewish boy, and hilarity ensued. The chief conflicts weren't between the bride and groom, but, rather, between the two sets of parents. The show lasted one season. Dismissed as chance?

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