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Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

While many states were passing legislation banning marriage between same-sex couples, Virginia's legislature passed a law protecting couples of the same gender. The protection is called a civil union, and gives same-sex couples the same rights and benefits as married couples; however, Virginia's civil union protection did not extend the right to marry to couples of the same gender. After Virginias' ruling, additional states followed suit. Accordingly, other jurisdictions passed laws recognizing domestic partnerships.

American Indians shielded from child support orders in CA?

Many American Indian tribes operate under a form of independent government. This sovereignty seems to be creating difficulties for some mothers who are seeking child support. A recent news report highlights some of the issues California mothers are facing when attempting to obtain court-ordered child support from American Indian fathers.

Congressman owes child support, touts fiscal responsibility

Child support is paid by many parents in California as well as throughout the country. The amount is normally the result of a formal written agreement between the parents or a court order. Payments are designed to contribute to the expenses of a child and are set based on a review of the parties' income, among other factors.

Non-biological parent denied custody in same-sex partnership

In California, the definition of the modern family is constantly evolving. With blended families and same-sex parents being included in the make-up of many families, child custody cases are becoming increasingly more complex.

Daniel Baldwin granted temporary custody amidst divorce

In a California divorce, one issue of overriding concern is the safety of minor children. When warranted, a court will act swiftly to ensure the children are in a nurturing environment free from any threats of harm or arguments between the parents.

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