Weekly Twitter Update 2014–December–21

: Merrick names former judge, Abilene House Rep Barker as new House Judicary Chair

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U.S. Supreme Court won’t stop same sex marriages in Florida

: Eighth Judicial District Clerk & Court Services Hours Revised:

: If parent can work full-time, but chooses not to do so, Court can flexibly consider circumstances #111251

: Trial court did not abuse discretion by deciding failing to work 40 hours/wk was “underemployed” #111251

: Party cannot later appeal issue determined in earlier judgment #111251

: Court cannot consider appeal of issue not timely filed #111251

: “Multiple family adjustment” cannot be used to lower support by party requesting modification #111251

: “Multiple family adjustment” may be used after original order only as a shield #111251

: “Multiple family adjustment” may be used only when establishing an original order of #111251

: Where trial court applies wrong legal standard, case is remanded for reconsideration #110007

: Although separation of half-siblings need not be “exceptional” its affect should be “considered” #110007

: Plain language of 23-3207(b) contemplates only full-siblings, not half-siblings #110007

: Appeals court interprets statute by ordinary words used, natural meaning #110007

: Court erred by refusing to consider separation from half-sibling as part of best interest analysis #110007

: 3 ways court can abuse discretion: “no reasonable judge”, legal error & no substantial evidence #110007

: When child custody case is between parents, paramount consideration is child’s best interests #110007

: 23-3203(d) recognizes that trial court must consider interaction of siblings (whole or half) #110007

: 23-3207(b) does not apply to child custody case in which half-siblings are divided #110007

: Rosen (concurring/dissenting): Contract language is interpreted against scrivener, would affirm result

: Kansas statutes governing divorce proceedings have not changed in any material way since enactment

: Kansas does not recognize 2 different kinds of postmarital agreements: there is only 1

: Case remanded to trial court for detailed analysis whether marital property agreement was just & equitable

: Marital agreement providing disproportionate division of property does not by that fact encourage divorce

: Marital agreement made without contemplating separation is still considered under rules governing divorce

: Without an adequate record on appeal, appeal court cannot determine that trial court abused its discretion

: Appeals court does not reweigh or redetermine trial court fact findings or discretionary decisions

: Kansas courts have broad discretion to determine whether separation agreement is just and equitable

: Common law public policy that agreements in contemplation of divorce encourage divorce is disavowed

: Court presume that contracts are validly entered and burden is on party claiming it should be set aside

: There is no presumption in the law that any contract is illegal or unenforceable

: Contract is not void for public policy violation unless injurious to public or societal interest

: Public policy insists that lawful contracts shall be enforced as written/agreed without court modification

: Public policy forbids enforcement of illegal or immoral contracts

: Separation agreements are governed by general contract principles

: When reviewing separation agreement, court must make 2 decisions: validity & just and equitable

: “Separation agreement” include agreements entered into regardless of parties intention to separate

: “Separation agreement” includes all agreements entered during marriage re marital property rights, duties

: “Separation agreement” is not defined in Kansas divorce statutes

: Court must determine marital separation agreement is valid, just & equitable to incorporate it into decree

: 2 Supreme Court, 1 Appeals Decisions Issued Today (2014-Dec-19) #110007 #106092 #111251

States cracking down on parents ‘re-homing their adopted kids (quoting )

Updated Page: Kansas Family Law Appeals 2014

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Judge Grants First Divorce in Florida of same sex couple

Updated Page: Kansas Family Law Appeals 2004

Some conservatives urging open discrimination by refusing to serve gays on “religious” grounds

Chicago judge rules Missouri teen a victim of medical abuse, but likely without jurisdiction to do so

: Trial court did not err refusing to grant spousal support to wife in marriage that lasted 4 years.

Florida AG asks Supreme Court to block same-sex marriages after appeals court denies stay

Tucked into the Defense Authorization bill, Turner Amendment on passes Congress

Updated Page: Third-Party and Grandparent Visitation

New Page: Troxel v Granville: Supreme Court Wades Into A Quagmire

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