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In the old days you might find the father of the bride behind a two-barrel shotgun to make sure the groom walked down the aisle to make an “honest woman” of his daughter. Today your father-in-law might just sue you if you stray from his daughter. At least that’s the case with on Chicago attorney, initials C.S.

C.S., in a lawsuit filed in Cook County, is demanding that his former son-in-law, S.L., reimburse him for the $75,000 dad paid toward S.L.’s wedding to his daughter. In addition, he wants $1 million for the emotional pain he suffered when he learned S.L. allegedly cheated on his daughter and gave her an STD before their December 2009 divorce.  (more…)

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When interfaith parents divorce, religion of the children can often become a contested issue, even if during the marriage they had agreed on how to raise the children.

The issue can be further complicated when one parent converted to the religion of the other spouse before or during the marriage, but then wants to revert back to a previous religion after the marriage—and convert the children as well.

How courts handle the issue, if it is brought before them, can be a delicate balance of separation of church and state while respecting each person’s right to freedom of religion. (more…)

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A mother must spend 10 days in jail for signing her son up for a baseball league using his stepfather’s last name instead of that of his biological dad, the Alabama Court of Appeals ruled.

Lisa Preston was required to have her son use the last name of her former husband, Matthew Saab, when playing sports, according to the parties 2005 divorce decree, but in 2008 she did not use the Saab last name when she registered the 13-year-old.  She claimed it was the boy’s choice. But as we all know, children can be influenced. (more…)

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A divorced mother won a battle that allows her to keep her children in Missouri after her ex-husband moved from the Show-Me state to Israel, ruled the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tamar Barzilay says in the court documents that when she took their children on a vacation to Israel in summer 2006, her ex, Sagi, who had moved to Israel six months prior, under a year after their January 2005 divorce, forced her to sign documents agreeing to move permanently with the children to Israel by August 2009.  She signed, but said she never had any intention of complying. (more…)

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A 10-year legal battle over a divorced woman’s request to be implanted with the embryos she and her ex-husband had frozen and stored might not be over given a recent ruling from the 8th Circuit federal appeals court that says it lacked jurisdiction to hear her claim against the medical center that will not release the embryos to her. She does, however, have other options available to her without having to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Dennis Hopper’s estranged wife and 7-year-old daughter Galen can live in the guest house at his Venice, CA property while the couple resolve their bitter divorce case, a judge ruled today, according to the Associated Press.

Victoria Duffy Hopper said in court filings that the divorce from their 14-year marriage was an attempt to cut her out of her inheritance, an accusation that has been denied by the 73-year-old “Easy Rider” actor who is battling terminal prostate cancer. (more…)

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