In re C.L.O., No. 11-FS-898 (Decided April 12, 2012) This new case from the D.C. Court of Appeals addresses an unwed, noncustodial father’s challenge to the adoption of his child.  Available at: Youths Arrested for D.C. Robberies Up for 4th Straight Year (Washington Examiner) Arrests of youths for robberies in the District were up 17 percent.  Available here. Families Race to Adopt Before Tax Credit Ends (Reuters) The credit is set to expire on December 31, 2012.  Available here. Breaking Down Barriers so Foster Kids can Find a Family ( Making adoption more accessible for same-sex couples.  Available here. Parents Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse Struggle to Get Kids Back (The Daily Beast) More due process and cause is needed before taking children away from their parents for alleged neglect.  Available here.
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Categories: Criminal Defense.

DC Alimony; maintenance of spouse and minor children/enforcement; residence requirements:

As the titles give away, this blog addresses and expands on these intricate and generally hard battled-over elements of a divorce and separation action: DC Alimony:  Upon issuance of a divorce decree or order of legal separation, the court when “just and proper” may enter an order for payment of alimony as well.  The order may be indefinite or for a certain designated period dictated by the relevant facts and circumstances.  In short, the court will determine the amount and the duration of payment of alimony.  The order may be nunc pro tunc to the date of filing of the action. The court will consider all the “relevant factors necessary for a fair and equitable award” including but not limited to items listed below: 1) Financial abilities of the party seeking alimony and whether the party can be self supportive wholly or partially; 2) How long would the party seeking alimony would need to become self sufficient through further education or training; 3) The standard of living parties are accustomed to; 4) Duration of marriage; 5) Causes to and circumstances leading to separation; 6) Age and physical and mental health of the parties; 7) The ability of the paying party to meet and maintain
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Categories: Family Law.