Category: Family Law News

World’s Most Expensive Divorce

May 31, 2014 | Family Law News

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She got less than half, but divorcee Elena Rybovleva, ex-wife of Russian fertilizer king Dmitri Rybovlev, age 47, can hardly complain about what she received in her recent divorce, billed as “the world’s most expensive.”  Out of a $12+ billion fortune, a Swiss divorce court carved out more than $4.5 billion for ex-wife Elena. The stakes were high.  The New York Post outlined some of Mr. Rybovlev’s unbelievable holdings, including an artwork and furniture collection valued […]

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Same-sex Spouses Get Equal Treatment under ERISA, says DOL

September 30, 2013 | Family Law News

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Same-sex couples will be treated as equal to other married couples under the law that governs health insurance and retirement benefits for private employers.  The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued Technical Release 2013-04 (September 18, 2013), which provides: On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in United States v. Windsor, that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. . . . […]

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Child Witness May Testify About Abuse

January 21, 2012 | Family Law News

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On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a father who twisted and broke his 7 month-old son’s arm. Com. v. Allshouse (January 20, 2012). A 4 year-old sibling witnessed the abuse and described it to a CYF case worker who interviewed her at her grandparents’ home a week after the injury. A couple of weeks later, the daughter repeated her story […]

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BV Source Becomes Family Law Source

November 28, 2011 | Family Law News

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For the past three years, I have published family law news and analysis on my legal blog. My blog was named BV Source because of my initials and my blog’s emphasis on business valuation (BV) issues in divorce. As the scope of my blog has expanded, the time has arrived to rename the site and move it to a new URL. From now on, BV Source will be known as […]

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