Features

Nacho Mama’s legal fight (access required)

The family of the late Patrick “Scunny” McCusker is battling in Baltimore City Orphans’ Court over the estate of his late father. McCusker’s widow, Jacqueline, is seeking to remove McCusker’s brother, Joseph, as personal representative of John Charles McCusker’s estate ...

Read More »

Md. divorce, made easier (access required)

Maryland family law will see a significant change Oct. 1, when married couples without minor children will be able to divorce through settlement agreement and forgo the state’s one-year separation requirement before terminating a marriage. In fact, couples will no ...

Read More »

Complex challenges posed in international child abductions

The criminal case against Genevieve Kelley, a New Hampshire woman who absconded to Central America with her 8-year-old daughter more than a decade ago, is about to head to trial. Custody cases that cross international borders are not uncommon and create a unique and challenging set of circumstances for parents and governments alike. Here are some things to know about international custody abductions and efforts to address the issue.

Read More »

Ark.: Current justices should hear marriage case

Arkansas' highest court ruled Thursday that its current lineup of justices should decide whether to legalize gay marriage in the state, which could clear the way for a decision that has been delayed for months by an unusually public split on the court. The state Supreme Court ruled that Justice Rhonda Wood, who took office in January, should participate in the case, not Special Justice Robert McCorkindale, who was appointed by former Gov. Mike Beebe last year and who heard oral arguments in November.

Read More »

N.J. suit: No automatic license suspensions over child support

A new class action lawsuit seeks to end the automatic suspensions of driver's licenses held by parents in New Jersey who are behind on child support payments. The suit filed late last week claims such suspensions are unconstitutional, contrary to the "clearly expressed legislative intent" and "obviously counter-productive." It was filed in state Superior Court by David Perry Davis, a Pennington-based attorney, and names four plaintiffs who have had their licenses suspended.

Read More »