FAMILY LAW. CURRENT AFFAIRS. FAMILY LAW. POLL RESULTS. Couples should be required to live together for six months before getting married. . Women who take illegal drugs during pregnancy should be prosecuted for child abuse. .
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Parents who do not pay child support should have their names and photographs included on a web site list of those “most wanted” for late child support payments.
“PARENTS CAN ONLY GIVE [CHILDREN] GOOD ADVICE OR PUT THEM ON THEIR RIGHT PATHS, BUT THE FINAL FORMING OF A PERSON LIES IN THEIR OWN HANDS.”
- ANNE FRANK, DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
Family responsibility law: some states have a law that require adult children to care for elderly parents.
“Parents who fail to exercise proper supervision and control over their children may be held legally responsible for their children’s acts. “
Jenna is the mother of Kimberly (6). The police recently searched their apartment for drugs and found it to be a “shooting gallery” for heroine. Numerous syringes and needles were found, and Jenna and others present were arrested. Kimberly sat on the living room couch during the raid.
There is no definite evidence that Jenna is using drugs, although she has a history and is current in rehab. She claims that her boyfriend comes to her apt. with his friends and they use drugs without her permission. Jenna has a fulltime job as a secretary and Kimberly is doing well in school. She loves her mother and does not want to be taken from her home.
The state law regarding child neglect reads:
“Neglect means the negligent treatment or the maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the child’s health or welfare. The term includes both acts and omissions on the part of the responsible person.”
The legal process by which an adult or adults become legal parent(s) of another.
Seven mothers gave up their children for adoption in Oregon between 1960 and 1994. In 1998, Oregon voters enacted Measure 58. Under Measure 58, adopted people over the age of 21 may gain access to their original birth certificates and thus may determine the identities of their birth mothers.
At the trial level, plaintiffs sought to prevent the disclosure of their children's birth certificates to the children they relinquished for adoption, arguing that Measure 58 violated the contracts clause of the state and federal constitutions and also unconstitutionally violated their rights to privacy under both constitutions. Ultimately, the trial court rejected plaintiffs' arguments and granted summary judgment in favor of defendants.
Get into groups of 4-5, read the opinion and decide which one you agree with.
Wilma and Robert are getting divorced. They have a 4 year old child. Both are employed full-time, and they plan to live 10 miles apart after the divorce.
Carole and Gerald were married and lived in CA. While they were married, Carole became romantically involved with a neighbor, Jonas. She remained married to Gerald, and when her daughter Ella was born, Gerald was listed as the baby’s father on the birth certificate. Carole told Jonas, however, that she believed he was the biological father. Carole and Gerald later separated, and Carole and Ella went to live with Jonas, who acted as Ella’s father.
Later Carole reconciled with Gerald and she and Ella returned to live with him. A blood test showed that Jonas was Ella’s biological father. He went to court and sued to be declared Ella’s legal father and for visitation rights.
Gerald opposed this, claiming he was Ella’s legal father since he was married to her mother and was currently living with her and acting as her father.
Roberto and Marta Flores sought a divorce to end their 11-year old marriage. The couple has no children, little property to divide, and CA has a no-fault divorce law. Roberto argues he deserves part of his ex-wife’s income as a physician because he had worked to support the family (and pay some of her tuition) while she went to school to earn her medical degree.
Roberto clamed that he was entitled to a share of Marta’s total projected lifetime income as a doctor. He estimated that Marta was likely to earn over $2M in 20 years of medical practice. She countered that while he might be entitled to reimbursement for part of the cost of her education, he is not entitled to share the potential future value of her degree. She argues that there is no way to reasonably predict what she will earn in her career. She may decide to go abroad and donate her services, or HMOs may reduce her income considerably. In either case, her income would be far less than what Roberto predicts.
Should either spouse pay alimony, child support or both? If so, which spouse should pay what? How much should be paid, and for how long?