Over a year after separating, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are heading into the divorce process.
The last few years have been absolutely monumental for the rights of same-sex couples. In 2011, New York lawmakers approved same-sex unions and a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling provided federal recognition for married couples. As a result of the high court's ruling, married same-sex couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns for the first time this year.
Some argue that, historically, judges haven't been putting enough weight on the value of shared parenting when making decisions in child custody cases. People who hold this position argue that having contact with both parents can be very beneficial for a child and that more should be done to encourage joint physical custody arrangements. These arguments have led to some states putting laws in place aimed at getting judges to give greater preference to joint custody arrangements in child custody cases.
New York is one of the states in which same-sex marriages and same-sex divorces are legal. As is the case with any divorce, issues regarding property and finances, such as alimony and division of property, can come up in relation to same-sex divorces. Such issues are sometimes dealt with through settlements. What terms a divorce settlement ultimately ends up containing can have substantial effects on both of the parties in a divorce. Thus, having experienced representation can be important in same-sex divorce settlement negotiations.
Many individuals here in New York saw yesterday's game between the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions. One of the players for the Giants who made a major play in this game recently became embroiled in a child support matter.
One type of dispute that sometimes arises in a divorce are disputes regarding pets. There have been some interesting legal developments in the area of divorce-related pet disputes in recent years.
Fast food is something that one probably wouldn't normally associate with child custody battles. However, a matter involving fast food is now front and center in a child custody case here in New York. The case involves a divorcing couple and their young son.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the legal separation between Clint Eastwood and his wife, Dina. The two had reached a point in their marriage where they needed some time apart, and clearly things were not working well. We wondered at the time what would happen with their marriage -- if they would try and work it out, or if they would take the next step and formally file for divorce.
Child support can be a major issue in a divorce. Recently, a somewhat unusual child support request has been made in a celebrity divorce case.
Clint Eastwood has been a staple in movies for the past several decades. It is likely that most movie lovers here in New York have seen at least one movie that he starred in or directed. Recently, some family law-related news has come up regarding Eastwood and his wife.