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December 2012 Archives

Child custody case goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court rarely hears family law cases. Almost all family law is state law, and most family law appeals go to state appeals courts. Almost all Colorado family law is Colorado state law, for example, and appeals in Colorado family law cases almost always go to the Colorado state appellate courts. But recently the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a child custody case. The Court apparently agreed to hear the case because it raised an issue on which two federal appeals courts had issued conflicting opinions.

Former NBA star must pay $500,000 in child support

Colorado basketball fans no doubt remember Dennis Rodman. The former NBA star of the 1980s and 1990s was as famous for his unconventional behavior as he was for his prowess on the court. Rodman returned to the public spotlight in December, as a court commissioner in an Orange County, California courtroom ordered him to pay half a million dollars in past due child support payments. The commissioner warned Rodman that if he failed to pay up, he could face jail time.

Former NBA star claims in divorce filings that he's broke

Many Colorado readers will remember retired NBA star Allen Iverson from the years he played for the Denver Nuggets. Iverson is in the news again, this time due to an acrimonious divorce from his wife, Tawanna. What makes this story more interesting than the typical high asset divorce story is that it appears Iverson may not in fact be wealthy -- in court filings, he claims he's broke.

Court says telephonic marriage ceremony was valid

Colorado readers may be interested in the creative argument a Maryland man came up with recently in his divorce case. He argued that his wife was not entitled to spousal support and child support because the couple was never validly married in the first place. He argued that the marriage ceremony was conducted over the telephone and should not be recognized by the courts in Maryland.