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Margaret Ryznar
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Margaret Ryznar is an associate professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is the editor of Family Law Prof Blog and has published over twenty law journal articles on family law and related topics.

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No Equitable Tolling in Hague Abduction Convention

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:59 PM

In early March, the United States Supreme Court handed down the opinion in its most recent international abduction case, Lozano v. Alvarez. Justice Thomas wrote for the unanimous Court, holding that American courts cannot toll the one-year period for left-behind parents to file a Hague petition...

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Child Abduction Case

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:11 AM

On December 11, 2013, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Lozano v. Alvarez, a case arising under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This is the second consecutive year that that the United States Supreme Court is considering the...

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A False Dawn for Mother Breadwinners

(20) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:07 PM

The Pew Research Center recently announced that mothers are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of American households. Forty percent, in many minds, invokes the image of an almost equal participation of moms and dads in the workforce and at home. Commentators and media outlets have seized the...

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Stay-at-Home Parents' Access to Credit

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The rules on stay-at-home parents' access to credit have been reversed twice in the past four years but, interestingly, without much media attention along the way. This is despite the fundamental impact of the reversals on stay-at-home parents' ability to open a card in their names or to...

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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

(17) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Next month, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a case examining the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which Congress passed in 1978 to give tribes significant input into the removal of children from them. Under the terms...

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American Father Wins Supreme Court Case in Custody Dispute

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:25 PM

In an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court recently returned a decision in favor of an American father embroiled in an international custody dispute. In the case, Chafin v. Chafin, the Supreme Court held that the jurisdiction of the American federal courts...

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The Prop 8 and DOMA Cases Before the Supreme Court

(27) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 8:55 PM

Next month, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage. What are the legal issues?

United States v. Windsor (regarding DOMA)

In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

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The Controversial Kansas Sperm Donor Case

(22) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 12:56 PM

The media is abuzz with news that a man is being pursued for child support by the state of Kansas for a child resulting from his semen delivery to a lesbian couple's porch in response to an advertisement. The parties had signed an agreement that he would not to be...

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Science Outpacing Family Law?

(5) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 11:50 AM

Law strives to keep up with science, and nowhere is this clearer than in the area of family law, where reproductive technologies have been evolving quickly. It's been only a few decades since the first baby was conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 1977, but now even more is...

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Rare Family Law Case Heard by U.S. Supreme Court

(26) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Many parents embroiled in child custody cases might only dream of bringing their cases to the highest court in the land, yet this became reality for Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Lee Chafin last week, when oral arguments were heard by the United States Supreme Court...

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