A Federal Court has ruled that a same-sex couple in California is entitled to have the Louisiana birth certificate of their adopted son changed to reflect the two of them as the boy's parents. The question was one of Louisiana being required to recognize the decision of the New York court that oversaw the adoption of the boy by the two men. The Louisiana Office of Vital Statistics had refused to issue a birth certificate showing both men as the boy's adoptive parents. The Federal Court ruled that the facts were so clear there wasn't even any need for a trial: Louisiana must recognize New York's laws in this regard under the Full Faith and Credit provisions of the U.S. Constitution, which (essentially) mandates that each state must give full faith and credit to (i.e., must recognize) the laws of the other states.
Tragedy struck a Southern California family this Christmas Eve. As many already know, shortly before midnight this December 24 th a recently divorced man dressed up as Santa Claus (Bruce Pardo) entered the home of his former in laws and went on a killing rampage that resulted in nine people dead, including his ex wife and her parents. Also shot in the melee was an eight year old little girl excitedly running towards "Santa" and a 16 year old child. He then activated two homemade "machines" that doused the interior of the home with racing fuel and ignited the mixture creating an inferno of such devastation that the Coroner has had trouble identifying the remains for purposes of providing identification of the victims. Thirteen orphans were left in the wake of this slaughter.
Madonna and recent ex-husband Guy Ritchie were seen out in London today with their kids at London's Kabbalah Center. You will recall that these two celebrities seemed to enjoy an amicable separation and divorce and appear to be trying to provide "normal" experiences with their children as co-parents, divorce notwithstanding. This effort by them to provide a "normal" holiday season for their children is underscored, but not overcome by the tension that continues to exist between them since they have yet to decide where the children will live (Madonna wants New York and Guy prefers London). A solid basis such as the ability to peacefully share common family experiences, if possible, is always best for children of separating, divorced or divorcing parents. Just as during the relationship, it is equally important if not more so for children to spend time with each parent alone and also with both parents together.
If you find yourself with more free time after your divorce and are looking for something both productive and fulfilling, there are many different outlets available to you. Immersing yourself in philanthropy can be an incredibly fruitful experience with ancillary benefits. Philanthropic endeavors do not have to center around donating money. An able and helping hand is often what many non-profit organizations seek.
For criminals who want to commit identity theft, it is relatively easy. They can steal your mail, look through your trash, pose as legitimate agencies via email or online, etc... Now, imagine if that person has immediate access to all your personal information because he or she lives in your home. Though it is an awful scenario to consider, at the Law offices of Feinberg & Waller, APC, we have found that desperate and angry wives and husbands have stooped to the level of stealing their spouse's identity. Whether it is in an attempt to ruin them financially or not, the end result of potential financial disaster is the same.