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Family law — Indefinite alimony — Future earnings and ability to become self-supporting Ryan C. Hewett (“Husband”) appeals three decisions the Circuit Court for Carroll County made in the course of granting him a divorce from his ex-wife, appellee Angela ...

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Mich. case: Parental rights terminated for not protecting children from abuser

Respondent’s parental rights were correctly terminated because she failed to protect her children from their abuser, who was respondent’s boyfriend. It is immaterial that the boyfriend was incarcerated and was to be deported while this appeal was pending. The issue is not whether the children will be at risk from a particular abuser. Rather, termination is appropriate because respondent had the opportunity to prevent the abuse but did not do so.

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Va. appeals court orders name change for gender change

The Supreme Court of Virginia reverses a trial court’s denial of an application for name change filed by a federal prison inmate who has been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder and wishes to change her name, and directs the court to order the name change. We issued an order on Dec. 2, 2013, holding there was error in the trial court’s denial of appellant’s application, and remanding with direction to enter judgment in accordance with Stephens v. Commonwealth, 274 Va. 157 (2007). Despite the direction from this court, the trial court issued an order on March 26, 2014, again declining to accept the application and finding good cause did not exist because the applicant’s stated reasons for the name change did not outweigh the potential negative impact on the community.

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