Just a few more months and the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries marriage will be put to rest, if the judge in the case has anything to say about it. The parties will be back in court on May 6 for what most expect to be a three- to five-day trial.
Custody battles are never easy, but they usually start with two parents listed on a birth certificate. A recent family law court case did not have the luxury of predetermined parents: Two women in a same-sex relationship used a friend's sperm to conceive their daughter, and the judge ruled that all three should be included on the child's birth certificate. While this has never happened in the state of Illinois, it could become an issue with the increasing number of legal rights same sex couples are receiving.
The Illinois Senate will vote today, Valentine's Day, on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, if everything goes as planned. Before the bill becomes law, of course, the House must pass it and the governor must sign it. Thirty days after that signing, all state laws regarding marriage will apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children.
A judge has ordered former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson to abstain from alcohol for 24 hours prior to scheduled visits with his children. This child custody restriction will remain in place until all of his five children reach the age of 18. This restriction was in addition to other limitations, such as requiring 12 months of AA meetings and 18 months of sobriety. The 37-year-old is also required to see a psychiatrist.
High-income couples who divorce this year are facing a new tax landscape, thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act. While Congress avoided sending the country over the fiscal cliff, the new law presents a bit of a learning curve for everyone involved in the breakup of a marriage.
Recent studies show that women are still having a rough time in the working world. Women in Illinois and elsewhere who go through a divorce, especially those who are mothers, face low wages and discrimination in the workplace. This is despite the fact that households in this country are increasingly dependent on the income working women bring in.