Weekly Links

Prop 8 Details – California’s State Constitution Ban on Gay Marriage Violates Federal Constitution
I’m sure everyone’s been hearing a lot about this federal case.  Here are some resources:
Full text of the court’s opinion – http://metroweekly.com/poliglot/2010/08/04/Perry%20Trial%20Decision.pdf
Summary of legal stuff – http://metroweekly.com/poliglot/2010/08/judge-walker-prop-8-unconstitu.html

Same-Sex Partners can be Liable for Child Support in NY
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/08/05/same-sex-partners-in-new-york-can-be-liable-for-child-support/
Since technology now allows a child to have 5 parents (genetic mother, genetic father, surrogate mother, and two adoptive parents) the law is having to play catchup on which of those people have rights or obligations.

Mandatory Binding Arbitration Is Almost Dead
http://consumerist.com/2010/07/mandatory-binding-arbitration-is-almost-dead.html
“A provision buried deep within the recently passed Wall Street reform bill has the power to finally kill off mandatory binding arbitration, one of the more dangerous anti-consumer practices still sanctioned by law. While the bill includes a limited provision banishing arbitration agreements from mortgages and home equity loans, it also gives broad powers to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to kill off arbitration in all other consumer financial products.”

Barbie Can Now Spy On Your Enemies For You
http://consumerist.com/2010/07/barbie-can-now-spy-on-your-enemies-for-you.html
Oh boy.  The new Barbie Video Girl Doll:  “While this piece of plastic looks like any other Barbie doll, it harbors a secret: a hidden camera in a pendant around her neck, which can record up to 30 minutes of video.”

The Un-Divorced
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/fashion/01Undivorced.html?src=me&ref=general
For some couples, a long separation is financially prudent and easier emotionally. For a few, it’s become a way of life.

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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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