Supreme Court of the United States Issues Opinions in Merrill and Howell, Clarifying Division of Veteran Disability Pay

The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled on two cases that directly impact how veteran disability pay will now be divided in the divorce context: Howell v. Howell and Merrill v. Merrill (Petition for Review was granted in light of Howell and sent back to Arizona Supreme Court). Interestingly, both cases are from Arizona (and… Continue reading Supreme Court of the United States Issues Opinions in Merrill and Howell, Clarifying Division of Veteran Disability Pay

England’s £3 Billion Child Support Problem

The Guardian recently reported that according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report, "three-quarters of the £4 billion in payments owed by absent parents – some dating back more than 20 years – are considered 'uncollectable'". Essentially, this means that approximately £3 billion in child maintenance payments may never be paid. The report further revealed that an additional £527 million in back child maintenance payments were “potentially collectable” whereas only £366 million were considered “likely to be collected”.

Howell v. Howell: SCOTUS Oral Argument Audio

As promised, here is the link to the Howell v. Howell oral argument audio. Once you click the link, there is another link to click in the left, blue panel entitled "ORAL ARGUMENT - MARCH 20, 2017". The audio is 53 minutes long, but totally worth it (at least I think so).

Howell v. Howell: SCOTUS Oral Argument Recap

The oral argument in Howell v. Howell at the Supreme Court of the United States was yesterday, March 20, 2017. SCOTUS blog released a summary of the argument here. In the the summary, Amy Howe notes that the justices were relatively reserved during the argument and didn’t immediately pepper the attorneys with questions (as they… Continue reading Howell v. Howell: SCOTUS Oral Argument Recap

Howell v. Howell: Arizona Family Law, Veterans’ Benefits, and the Supreme Court of the United States

I've written about a case we did the oral argument on at the Arizona Supreme Court, Howell, and that the case is now up at SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States). But, today was Howell's oral argument at SCOTUS. Here is a summary of the facts and issues in Howell argued at SCOTUS. What this case really… Continue reading Howell v. Howell: Arizona Family Law, Veterans’ Benefits, and the Supreme Court of the United States

Disclsoure and Discovery: Getting the information you need for a divorce or family court case

Divorces and Family Court cases require a lot of information because they mainly deal with factual issues (i.e., “we have XYZ accounts that need to be divided,” “Mother should have more time with the child because Father did ABC.”). Because of this, most states’ rules of family court procedure require that parties disclose certain documents… Continue reading Disclsoure and Discovery: Getting the information you need for a divorce or family court case