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2265 ABA Journal Family Law articles.

Guardianship battles in the spotlight spark new calls for reform

Judge who searched litigant’s home for marital property gets censure and fine

A West Virginia family court judge who searched a self-represented litigant’s home for marital property will receive a public censure and a $1,000 fine for the “egregious abuse of process,” the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled.

2nd Circuit upholds temporary seizure of guns from people taken to mental health facilities

A federal appeals court has upheld a police policy to temporarily seize guns from people transported for a mental health evaluation following a domestic incident.

Florida lawyer is disbarred over alimony dispute that led to imprisonment

The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer who “dodged discovery requests” in litigation with his ex-wife over $88,000 in missed alimony payments.

ABA Giving Day is an opportunity ‘to help ensure a just society,’ says ABA president

For the second year, the ABA is asking members to join in its efforts to address significant issues that affect their communities.

Weekly Briefs: Lawyer censured over false time sheets; California law allows ‘stealthing’ suits

Lawyer censured for seeking no-show pay

Lawyer Laura Cail, of Rensselaer County, New York, has been censured for filing false time sheets to collect more than $12,000 for work that…

Judge who required jail visit for all arrested juveniles remains on bench after lawsuit payout

A tough-talking juvenile court judge in Rutherford County, Tennessee, established a policy requiring arrested elementary schoolchildren to be taken to the juvenile detention center for screening before charges were filed—even if the charges were minor.

Law student Emily Dillan is an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Emily Dillan went to the University of Massachusetts School of Law hoping to help survivors of domestic violence in her community, but through a new opportunity with the ABA, she could soon extend her advocacy across the country.

New York and other states have the right to limit concealed weapon permits, ABA says in amicus brief

State and local governments have long had the right to tailor firearm regulations to their own judgments about how best to protect public health and safety, the ABA told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Gender affects access to courts and treatment in the justice system, Washington state study says

Gender affects the treatment of people in Washington state’s court system, particularly the treatment of women of color, LGBTQ people and women in poverty, according to a report released on…

Lawyer accused of calling opposing counsel ‘lowlife bottom-feeder’ says term was ‘entirely truthful and accurate’

Updated: A suburban Chicago lawyer has admitted that he called a judge a clown and an opposing lawyer a “lowlife bottom-feeder,” but he said his comments were truthful or constitutionally protected speech.

Couple should try counseling again before divorcing, says judge in unusual order

In an unusual ruling, a Kentucky judge has denied the divorce of a couple who had separated after being married for 13 years.

Lawyer faces disciplinary action after engaging in relationship with client

A partner in the Columbus, Ohio, office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister is facing possible disciplinary action after she allegedly exchanged sexually explicit text messages and engaged in sexual activity with a client.

Family law judge backtracks on visitation order for mom regarding COVID-19 vaccine

After entering an order sua sponte to suspend a parent’s visitation rights until she received the COVID-19 vaccine, an Illinois family law judge revisited the issue Monday with a…

Lawyer avoids interim suspension after conviction stemming from impaired mother’s wandering

A justice on Massachusetts’ top court has declined to impose an interim suspension on a lawyer convicted of neglect in Rhode Island for failing to provide adequate care for his mother who has dementia.

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