Family Law Unraveled

The latest from Margaret's blog

He Got Christmas (Redux)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

‘Tis that season again, all sparkly and jingly. And sometimes not so much. The light collides with darkness; joy and wonder meet angst and longing. Layering divorce on top of it all exponentially increases the complexity. It’s the deep psychic…
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And Baby Makes Four

Friday, November 01, 2013

It happened quietly. Without much fanfare on the left or handwringing on the right. On October 4, Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill amending California’s Family Code to provide that a child can have more than two parents. As family…
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The Pitch

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I wrote a book. It was released this week. I feel like I’ve traveled to another country. Except for brief stints as a waitress, housepainter, office temp, and counselor at a battered women’s shelter, I’ve been a lawyer my whole…
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D-I-V-O-R-C-E

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I’m a closet country music fan.  No one suspects me.  I’m thoroughly urban, born and raised in Manhattan, transplanted to Philly.  I’m not religious.  I’ve never driven a pick-up truck.  Or worn cowboy boots.  But ever since my husband put…
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Divorce Equality and DOMA

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

We’re racing towards marriage equality but divorce equality is lagging far behind. When same-sex marriages fail, many couples can’t get divorced because the states they live in – like Pennsylvania – don’t recognize their marriages and therefore won’t divorce them. …
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The Divorce Credential

Friday, June 07, 2013

“Have you ever been divorced?”  The other day, I was speaking at a seminar geared toward women contemplating divorce.  Right at the beginning of the presentation, one of the women attending raised her hand and asked me this question.  No,…
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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Friday, May 03, 2013

What makes a parent? Should the answer be determined by biology or nurture? And what about the overlay of race or ethnicity–should that play into the mix?  The U.S. Supreme Court is tussling with these thorny questions in a case…
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What’s in a Name

Friday, March 08, 2013

During a recent trip to Europe, German friends who have a new baby made reference to the fact that gender-ambiguous names are “not allowed” in Germany unless a second name is added which clarifies the gender.  What do you mean…
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Guns in the Family

Friday, February 22, 2013

Are we safer armed or disarmed?  Does the Second Amendment mean we have an absolute right to own guns or should the exercise of that right be limited because it places our fellow citizens in danger?  As this debate rages…
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