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Just days after Harvey Weinstein said his wife, Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman, was standing by him, Chapman now says she has chosen to divorce her husband.

Chapman said in a statement to tabloids, “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.” Therefore child custody and visitation will be an issue in Harvey’s case.  However, it will be interesting how the allegations turn out.  Because if the mere lechery of Harvey is all that sticks his visitation rights may not be impaired.  But if rape allegations an forceful sex are proven in court his custodial rights will definitely be limited and a fight will ensue that will be rather difficult for Harvey.  The couple have two young children 7 and 4 which will need a stable environment to thrive.  It is unclear if that can be achieved under these conditions Harvey finds himself in.  A bond has definitely been established and it is still very important for young children’s growth to have frequent contact with both parents.

Weinstein said he supported Chapman’s decision to leave him, in a statement quoted in Page Six. “​I support her decision, I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild. Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for,” Weinstein said. All these things said are great for public sentiment.

A couple in Canada who decided to divorce after 35 years of marriage had to go to court to settle one of the more important aspects of their separation: Who gets their Edmonton Oilers season tickets? Often during the divorce there are issues regarding the division of property.  Usually the house is the main issue.  In others people have to divide personal property such as jewelry, cars, dogs and cats and other belongings people acquire over there long term marriage.

Often people have to deal with other financial issues such as spousal support and in long term marriages that can be a huge issue.

Beverly and Donald McLeod separated in 2015, with Donald agreeing to pay Beverly $15,000 per month in spousal support. But they needed a court order to decide what to do with the hockey tickets they had shared for the past 11 years.

Tyrese Gibson is now under the microscope of the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services over claims by his ex-wife and baby mama that he spanked his 10-year-old daughter so hard she couldn’t sit. Spanking by itself is not necessarily abuse because some family use spanking as a form of discipline.  However, times have changed and spanking your child repeatedly or too hard can be considered a form of child abuse.  Gone are the old days when a parent could physically punish their child freely and without any consequence to their actions.  Nowadays a spanking can be reported to child protective services.  They will immediately start and investigation into these actions.  The first people that are investigated or interviewed are of course the child.  In Juvenile Court the child has tremendous weight in determining how to proceed with the prosecution of any abuse.  The social workers doing the interview are highly sensitive all the children who are interviewed.  The parents then are interviewed and are secondarily important to the whether charges are filed in juvenile or criminal court.

Tyrese and Norma Gibson are in a court battle … Norma’s trying to get a permanent restraining order prohibiting him from physically disciplining their kid. Norma is trying to seek a domestic violence restraining order which she can get in family law superior court.  This is not the same as a juvenile court order nor is it a criminal restraining order.  It has lessor implications than juvenile court and criminal court.   However, if Norma succeeds in getting a restraining order for her child Tyrese will have to follow it.  Any violation of a restraining order can cause Tyrese to be arrested and charged with a crime, violation of a court order.

She also wants full physical and legal custody. She’s worried Tyrese will take their daughter to Dubai, where he has business ties, and not come back. She also wants Tyrese to take domestic violence courses. Again, filing for fully custody or a modification of the prior custody order will take place out of juvenile court and land the parties in family law court.  Normally the judge will have to decide the case based on the best interest of the child standard. There are many cases where one parent is fearful of the other parent kidnapping the child by leaving the country and not coming back. Often to avoid problems the Court can make a restriction on the travel of the child outside the country. But in more and more case because of the Hague Convention and the international kidnapping laws awareness Court will allow a parent to leave the country.  This happens quite often if a parent wants to visit relatives in foreign countries.

Terrence Howard‘s taking an “L” in his longstanding spousal support war with his ex-wife … who just won in appeals court. This divorce case of Terrence Howard has been going on for years.  This shows how a case in the Family law court system can last as it seems forever.  A case such as Howard’s should make a person involved in a divorce reflect is it really worth it to drag a case out for years to achieve exactly what? To lose money? Im sure Terrence lost thousands paying his family law attorneys and his appellate lawyers to drag a case out for spite and contempt of heart.  Noone wins in cases that drag out over years to fight and fight and win absolutely nothing but lose thousands to the Family Court system.

In Terrence Howard’s case he chose to fight a payment of spousal support to his ex wife.  Often the appellate process can take years because of the nature of the appellate process in the Superior Court system. Often the Trial Court family law judges are permitted what is called broad discretion to handle their family law cases such as spousal support. Since the appellate three judge panel is permitted broad discretion to rule on spousal support matters that makes it difficult for an appellate court to overturn cases that the trial judge ruled on.

According to court docs, Michelle Ghent Howard got a ruling on their spousal support overturned. Two years ago, Terrence convinced the court he’d been forced to sign their marital settlement under duress. He claimed she was threatening to go public with naked photos and videos. Interestingly, Terrence claimed the threat of putting nude photos of himself on the web was enough to coerce him into signing a contract.  Often when once thinks of duress they think of someone facing physical or severe emotional harm. Terrence claims duress was fear of nude photos of himself leaked.  Often the defense to a signing of any contract in the State of California would be duress or coercion.  In addition, if a party claims they did not sign a contract without their consent it could be a plausible defense to signing the contract.

Can A Gay man use the IRS deductions for medical expenses and deduct for his in vitro fertilization procedure and its costs? In a short answer no.  A Homosexual man in Florida attempted to deduct all his costs for housing and caring for a lady who held his baby as a surrogate.  The complicated litigation that followed in the appellate Courts is quite unique and involves heavy use of the IRC.  Mr. Morrissey the sperm donor argued that the IRS had special deductions for him and that all expenses related to the in vitro fertilization process should be deductible.  Mr. Morrisey speant thousands of dollars on the whole process.  He basically took care of the egg donor and the surrogate during the times of the pregnancy.  He claimed that a man cannot house the baby therefore he had to spend all this money and it related the medical care costs. Mr. Morrisey in order to get the tax deduction on the caring for the surrogate argued that he himself suffered through the health care needs during the pregnancy process as he was the sperm donor and therefore was somehow apart of the reproductive process and thus should be permitted a huge deduction from the IRS.

The IRC section 213 states that if Mr. Morriseys body was effected by the in vitro fertilization process he could claim a deduction of the $55,000 he paid to get the process of finding a lady and transferring his sperm to her and the process of her getting the egg to inseminate.

The circuit Court of Florida found Mr. Morriseys argument specious and without real merit because his involvement in the in vitro fertilization process was limited at best.  The Court argued that he was like every other male a donor of sperm and had limited biological contribution to the production of the baby.   The male reproductive position in creating a baby was really a donor sperm and not more than that.  The female had to do a lot more on her end as far as creating the baby.  They had to hold the egg and then pass the egg to the uterous and house the baby for 9 months which the male counterpart did not.  Thust the application of IRC 213 did not apply.

Eighteen Oklahoma social workers embroiled in a civil rights action brought by a group of foster kids took the fight to the 10th Circuit on Tuesday, arguing the judge hearing the lawsuit unfairly denied them the shield of qualified immunity. In Juvenile Dependency matter social workers are the crux of the case.  They determine if neglect has occurred through investigation.  They can obtain orders from the Judge if need be to extricate the children from an abusive home.  Here it is alleged they did not take the children from an abusive home and left them with the foster parents who abused them.

Rachel Matthews and several foster children claim their civil rights were violated by 18 employees of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services who failed to intervene and protect the children from their guardians, Deidre and Jerry Matthews.

Over the course of a decade, the social workers dismissed at least 17 reports of abuse filed against the Matthews household in Jay, Oklahoma, including one report that said, “Deidre Matthews was collecting kids like stray animals.” Meanwhile, the Department of Human Services honored the Matthews with its “adoptive parents of the year” award.

Jesse Williams is opening his wallet wide for his estranged wife, to the tune of $160,000. That means that Williams was earning a significant amount more that Aryn his wife.  Spousal support in California is determined by numerous factors according to the family law code.  It takes into account the length of marriage and the incomes of the parties and there capacity to earn a living.

Jesse’s estranged wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, just filed legal docs which disclose a temporary settlement, in which Jesse agrees to give her $100k for spousal and child support and $60k to cover her lawyer’s fees and other costs.  Attorney fees are dealt with on an as need basis.

He has to pay her in 3 installments from his first 3 “Grey’s Anatomy” paychecks.

ASHLAND, Ky. (CN) – Two lawsuits against Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis – who refused to marry same-sex couples after the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage – will proceed, but only against Davis in her individual capacity, a federal judge ruled.  That measns that the federal that passed will allow same sex couples the same rights concerning divorce as other not same sex couples.

Davis, clerk of Rowan County, Ky., spent five days in jail in 2015 after she was held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. She claimed her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevented her from sanctioning the unions.

In a pair of 21-page rulings issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning disagreed with Davis’ assertion that her policy created a “mere inconvenience” to gay couples – whom she said could have traveled to another county to obtain licenses – and refused to dismiss personal-capacity claims against her.

Rob Kardashian has agreed to pay $20,000 a month in child support, ending a vicious custody battle with his former fiancée, Blac Chyna.

As part of the agreement, Chyna dropped her domestic violence allegations against the reality TV star

The pair had announced their engagement and pregnancy in May 2016, then split a month later. A month after the baby was born in November, Kardashian wrote in an Instagram post that Chyna had taken the baby and left his home.

Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s been exposed again.

This time a Manhattan judge has yanked a confidentiality caption that was shielding the disgraced pol’s divorce case with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, from the public. Documents that  are sealed usually have some sensitive information in  them that cannot get out to the public.  However, in Weiner’s case it is obvioius there is no sensitive information that needs to hidden from the public.  Any minor victim of  Anthony Weiner will not be listed in any public record because of their age.  Weiner’s criminal history does not fall under confidentiality principles of law.

In  California the judge must find certain factors in order to seal court documents such as an overriding interest exists that overcomes the right of public access to the record, the overriding interest supports sealing the records; a substantial probability exists that the overriding interest will be prejudiced if the record is not sealed; the proposed sealing is narrowly tailored; and no less restrictive means exist to achieve the overriding interest.

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