Social Media and Divorce

In 2017, social media has an extensive role in our everyday lives. It is also becoming a greater part of divorce cases. Posts on social media can broadcast the truth about financial matters that are not evident in legal paperwork. Some clients have been forced to pay more alimony based on findings on their social media accounts. A divorce attorney in Austin, Texas, once used a LinkedIn profile to show the existence of a side business (another source of income) that had not been disclosed. This information helped his client secure more child support. It is important to note that it is not always what the client posts that gets them in trouble. Sometimes posts that their friends have shared on websites, like Facebook, have been used in court. Whether it is pictures of lavish getaways, or rambunctious parties with activities that are dangerous for children, another person’s social media presence can cause trouble for a client’s divorce or child

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Tri-Parenting: A New Trend in Family Law

If you thought family law was complicated, wait until you hear about a new trend that has swept across 12 states and DC: tri-parenting. Like its name suggests, tri-parenting is when three parents have legal rights to a child. Most frequently, tri-parenting has been seen in cases where same sex couples have a child with a friend (a sperm or egg donor) who also wants parental rights. It has also been seen in cases with men who want to remain in a parental role after a DNA test shows that another man is the biological father. Prior to giving three people legal parental status, family courts would designate one of the three parents as a “psychological parent”. However, this would not allow that parent to have legal rights in cases of custody and child support. Because these cases are so new, there are few legal paths to follow. In most states with cases regarding tri-parenting, families are dealt with on

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Recreational Marijuana Debate in Connecticut

As the school year approaches and townships lean on legislators to address the budget crisis, it is likely that all possible sources of revenue will be up for debate, including the implementation of a recreational marijuana program.  While it is difficult to predict how Connecticut would handle a transition from a medical to a recreational program, we can certainly learn a few things by analyzing the debate on the most recent proposed legislation on the matter. On June 6th, 2017, the day before the adjournment of the 2017 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly, the Connecticut House debated HB 7320, a bill that examines the financial impacts of marijuana legalization on the state of Connecticut. Representative Josh Elliott, a Democrat who represents Hamden, is one of the many who offered the amendment. As part of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, this bill was specifically looking at the financial benefit to the state.  Although the bill focused on the financial

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From the Electoral College to Marijuana Reform: State’s Rights Alive and Well in 2017

In the post-election stupor a debate has been re-kindled over the necessity of the Electoral College.  Nevertheless, the same guiding principle that created this system in our democracy, State’s Rights, also empowered voters in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine to legalize the use of marijuana.   How can it be that a majority of the American population voted for Hillary Clinton, by nearly 2 million votes, yet in the state by state count Donald Trump took over the White House?  How can it be that marijuana, a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act and in the same category as heroin, is now legal for recreational use for more than 1 in 5 Americans? The Founding Fathers were concerned about a populace that could be easily swayed and wanted certain powers reserved for the states or individuals.  This was the goal of the Bill of Rights.   The Tenth Amendment to our Constitution holds, “The powers not delegated to the

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