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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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Supreme Court Review Sought in Same-Sex Adoption Case

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

While adoption traditionally requires the termination of a biological parent's legal rights in order to vest them in an adoptive parent, some states permit second parent adoptions -- where a person adopts a child without terminating the biological parent's rights. This has been used by same-sex couples who want to...

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Fixing the Marriage Penalty

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 9:24 AM

What if there is a problem that Washington agrees on, but no one is fixing it?

Secondary income earners--often women due to their lower income in the marriage--are currently disincentivized from earning a salary, and many people are disincentivized from marrying in the first place. This has impacted even...

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Where Ashley Madison Fits Into Divorce Law

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:10 AM

As more high-profile names surface among the millions of users of Ashley Madison, the hacked online dating service for married people seeking an extramarital affair, speculation continues about the divorce consequences for cheaters. So, what are they exactly?

As it turns out, the consequences would have been greater under previous...

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Uncomplicating Same-Sex Marriage Law

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 10:47 PM

With its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court uncomplicated same-sex marriage law. The Court's clear-cut rule that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry replaces the previous piecemeal approach generated by over a decade of new federal court decisions and state laws. Some states had banned...

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Third U.S. Supreme Court Case on Same-Sex Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:14 PM

At the end of April, the United States Supreme Court heard the third case on same-sex marriage in a period of two years. The Court previously avoided deciding whether same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution, instead deciding that one party had no standing in the case,...

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Forcing Some Parents to Pay College Tuition

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:43 PM

The recent Caitlyn Ricci case -- which resulted in a set of divorced parents forced to pay $16,000 for their adult daughter's college tuition at Temple University despite their strained relationship with her -- has drawn significant attention to the post-majority educational support laws that exist in a...

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7th Circuit's Turn to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 6:07 PM

Since last summer -- when the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages -- advocates have successfully challenged many states' bans against same-sex marriage. These challenges have swept through the federal district courts across the country, and are now working...

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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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