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Proposed Family Pattern Jury Charges Available for Comment
The Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family is written by a committee of volunteer attorneys and judges with expertise in family law cases. A new edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family is scheduled for release in the spring of 2010. But we’d like to give Texas practitioners a chance to preview changes to the commentary on an important area of the law: preservation of error. The committee strives for objective, well-drafted charges and commentary that accurately reflect Texas law. Your comments on this draft will help the committee achieve that goal.

The Juggle
The Wall Street Journal has an ongoing series dedicated to issues involving marriage, family, and work.

No Fault of Their Own
The author marks the 40th anniversary of no-fault divorce with a proposal for no-fault custody. I don’t actually like this article very much, because I think she’s ignoring a lot of complexity and unintended consequences, but it’s interesting to see what’s published about family law in the biggest national newspaper.

Law Student Charged with Contempt for Exposing Daughter to Christianity
I wonder how this would play out in Texas. Usually parents share the right to direct the moral and religious training of the children. I wonder if a court could award that right exclusively to one parent, and if so, what the court could do as far as penalties and enforcement. I’m not a first amendment expert, but I’m sure that affects the analysis.

Legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin in paternity case with a recent law school grad
I’m always interested in New York cases, because the law is so different than in Texas. For example, spouses in New York still have to prove fault to obtain a divorce. Their alimony and child support laws are also significantly different than Texas. Maybe all those media people should move to Texas and get away from California and New York courts!

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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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