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I thought it would be great to end a hot summer week with three strange tales of  parrots ratting out their owners, who were committing adultery.  Thanks to Stephen Worrall at the Georgia Family Law Blog for finding this piece on DarnDivorce. :November 19, 1937: According to the LA Times, Mr. James J. Reynolds wanted to...

Rapper 50 Cent is seeking a modification of the order which required him to pay $25,000 as child support for his son. According to ABC News, the mother says this amount is inadequate, particularly since 50 Cent earned $33 million last year. Child support is calculated as a percentage of income. Problems arise when the...

Child support in New York is calculated pursuant to the Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”) (Domestic Relations Law §240(1-b) and Family Court Act § 413(1)(b)). To simplify, CSSA provides that unless the court finds that the non-custodial parent’s pro rata share of the “basic child support obligation” to be unjust or inappropriate after considering the...

I have written a lot on this blog, about the fact that New York does not have a “No Fault” grounds for divorce. What that means is that in New York, in order to obtain a divorce, a party has to allege and prove grounds in order to obtain a divorce. So, what are the...

A new study appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that children are twice as likely to be prescribed Ritalin after their parents divorce. According to Mind Hacks, Ritalin is the trade name for the amphetamine-like drug methylphenidate. It is typically prescribed for ADHD, a diagnosis which describes problems with staying focused, impulsiveness and...

A wife was granted $184 million as equitable distribution after trial in a Chicago divorce action. This equitable distribution award is reported to be the largest in history. Charles Meyer reports in the Pennsylvania Law Blog that  “this is a rags to riches story, as the parties came to the United States from Eastern Europe with...

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