Windsor v United States

On November 9, 2010, Windsor v. United States was filed in New York on behalf of a surviving same-sex spouse whose inheritance from her deceased spouse had been subject to federal taxation as if they were unmarried. On June 6, 2012, Judge Barbara Jones ruled that based on rational basis review, section 3 of DOMA… Read more »

Defense of Marriage Act

In 1996 the Defense of Marriage Act was passed to define marriage as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word `spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” In September 2009 new legislation was introduced known as… Read more »

Hollingsworth vs Perry-March 2013

In March, 2013 the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Hollingsworth v. Perry. The Issue to be determined is: (1) Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, §… Read more »

Where is the Love in Family Law?

In the world of family law and divorce I am constantly asking myself where is the love? When clients step over the threshold to my office- it’s assumed that the love is gone.  As if that foot print on the carpet drains all the love away from a relationship once overflowing with it. Love is… Read more »

The 4 Vs of Mediation

In recognition of Valentine’s Day I put together this article! The 4 Vs of Mediation: Voluntary, Value, Voice and Victory. Mediation is the communication door stopper keeping hearts and minds open to agreement. Mediation can prevent a family from experiencing the pain of a long and emotional divorce. Mediation is a Voluntary process. The Court does order mediation to… Read more »