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Court Rulings Archives

Legal Custody Rights for Transgender Children

With the whirlwind of publicity surrounding Caitlyn (formerly "Bruce") Jenner's coming out as transgender, the often overlooked issue of transgendered individuals and transgender children in particular has become hot topic. Of specific importance in the family law community are issues including transgender children's access to resources, support and facilities they need. This can become especially trying for families going through divorce and custody litigation in addition to struggling to adjust to life with a transgender child.

U.S. Supreme Court Decision: Court Rules on Contraceptive Case

The Supreme Court released an opinion yesterday on the Hobby Lobby case, which was the challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. The court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that for-profit companies with religious backgrounds do not need to provide contraception to female employees under Obamacare.

Supreme Court Rules Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Illegal

The Supreme Court released another opinion in which the Justices unanimously voted that it is illegal to have 35 foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics. The decision refers to a Massachusetts law that required protesters to be at least 35 feet away from the entrance to any abortion clinics. Massachusetts, however, is not the only state affected by the ruling. Several states across the country had similar laws, which have all been overturned by this ruling.