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Parties to a Civil Union Held Eligible to File a Joint Petition

Chicago judge takes stand for the equality of same-sex couples.

Ninth and Fourth Circuits Issue Important Rulings on Sanctions and Exemptions

Ninth Circuit opinion is prime for Supreme Court review regarding the extent of a bankruptcy court’s contempt powers.
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Tennessee Judge Rules Back Child Support Is Not Estate Property

Courts are split on whether child support arrears are estate property.

Arresting the Debtor During Mediation Is a Very Big No-No

How to ruin a good case: have your adversary arrested during mediation.

Illinois Divorce Court Can Strip Away Estate Property, Seventh Circuit Says

Overlay divorce and bankruptcy, and you’ve got a big mess.
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Another Example: Student Loans Are Virtually Impossible to Discharge

District court second-guesses the sufficiency of evidence that the bankruptcy court found sufficient.

Fourth Circuit Ducks a Split on Pension Contributions in Chapter 13

Sixth Circuit remains the only appeals court to preclude all pension contributions after a chapter 13 filing.
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Courts Split on Whether Claims for Overpayments of DSOs Are Themselves DSOs

Status of claims for overpayment of domestic support obligations begs for appellate review.

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