Archives: U.S. Supreme Court

Proud of our courts

Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Although most of my columns on family law criticize courts (it’s more entertaining than praising them), I am going to start my new project by praising our legal system. Although, for the most part, during the interim between the election and inauguration most politicians have looked disingenuous (and that’s a mild term), the courts almost uniformly have not.

Wisconsin Family Law Case Finder

Published: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

On March 1, 2018, Loeb & Herman will debut Wisconsin Family Law Case Finder, a subscription based legal research service specifically designed for family law attorneys.

On Family Law in the Military

Published: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Recent court and legislative actions affect the division of military retirement pay and physical placement schedules for divorcing military families.

Potential Chaos

Published: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The potential chaos if the US Supreme Court rules against same sex marriage.

SCOTUS Grants Cert on Same-Sex Marriage Case

Published: Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Since the 5th Circuit ruling was not stayed, same-sex couples are now routinely getting marriage in Wisconsin (and elsewhere).

Domestic Partnership Case Puzzling

Published: Friday, August 1st, 2014

While I do not profess to be an expert on Wisconsin constitutional law, please explain to me how a domestic partnership law is not “similar” to a legal status for marriage?

Disciplinary Decision Dissent

Published: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

This is not the first time CJ Abrahamson and Justice Bradley have dissented on the stricter side in disciplinary cases and once again I agree with their dissent.

SCOTUS Issues DOMA Opinions

Published: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The United States Supreme Court issued two decisions today which appear to be significant victories for the gay rights movement.

Federal Preemption in Divorce Cases

Published: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Does federal law preempt state law when the state revokes a life insurance policy designation upon divorce? SCOTUS says yes.

Life Insurance and The U.S. Supreme Court

Published: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

It is rare that the U.S. Supreme Court rules on issues in family law, but one exception is for employment benefits. On Monday, the high court heard oral arguments in Hillman v. Maretta, Case No. 11-1221.  According to the court’s summary, the husband died before changing beneficiaries on a life insurance policy from his first […]