March 2011 Archives

March 28, 2011

Disabled Mom Gets Limited Visitation

A mother who suffered severe brain damage during the birth of her triplets can have in-person visits and Skype calls with her kids, a Southern California judge ruled this week

Abbie Dorn, who is in a vegetative state after a series of medical errors during childbirth, lives with her parents in South Carolina after being divorced from her husband following her brain injury. Her parents petitioned on her behalf for visits with her kids, who live with her former husband in Los Angeles. 

Attorneys for both sides praised the ruling, with the grandparents' attorney calling it a victory for all disabled parents. The father was also pleased, having prevailed in his request to both limit and supervise visitation. 
March 10, 2011

Facebook and Divorce: A Match Made Somewhere

There are more than 500 million active users of Facebook worldwide, according to the site's own statistics page. It stands to reason, then, that Facebook would have an ever-larger role in the everyday reality of its users. And in fact, when it comes to the not so everyday reality of divorce, the social networking site appears to be increasingly relevant.

For one thing, Facebook, like a high school reunion, can be the road to infidelity. What starts as an innocent reconnection with an old flame can turn into evenings of instant messaging, and the rest is history. But Facebook's involvement in your divorce doesn't end there--in more and more cases, Facebook pages and status updates are being used as evidence in the courtroom. The American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers estimates that over 80% of its members have used Facebook evidence in court.