Weekly Links

Lawyers Spot Justin Bieber on Flight, But Didn’t Recognize Justice Stevens
Sadly, that probably would have been me. 

Doubt Is Cast on Many Reports of Food Allergies
I know this is not technically family-law-specific, but I know that cases where the parents feel differently about the severity/existence of a child’s medical condition can come up.  Maybe people are going overboard on thinking their kids are allergic to everything.  It turns out that people who test positive on the skin-prick test have less than a 50 percent chance of actually having a food allergy.

The Science of a Happy Marriage
Science tries to measure what affects commitment.

Another lawyer and I got into an interesting discussion about intentional underemployment.  There were two appellate cases that came out in 2009 on voluntary underemployment.  A Dallas court said you have to prove it’s for the purpose of avoiding child support, an Austin court said you don’t.  It looks like there’s now a circuit split.
Austin – Iliff v. Iliff, 2009 WL 2195559 (Tex. App. – Austin 2009) (mem. op.).
Dallas – In re J.G.L., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2009 WL 2648401 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2009).

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Emily Miskel

Judge Emily Miskel was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as the first judge of the 470th family district court of Collin County, Texas. She graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School and she is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Find Emily on Google+, Facebook, and other social media.

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