As we have noted in our previous posts about the Indian Child Welfare Act, the practice of family law is often complicated in Pennsylvania by an attempt to balance the Pennsylvania court's authority with that of the various Native American tribes that call this state home. This week, the United States Supreme Court decided a new case that will likely impact the practice of Pennsylvania family law. In United States v. Bryant, the Court affirmed the sovereignty of the Native American tribal courts and addressed domestic violence in the Native American community for the first time. The Court unanimously upheld a federal conviction against a native domestic violence offender.
On Sunday, December 27, 2015, China's National People's Congress passed the country's first law prohibiting domestic violence. The law as passed protects unmarried people who cohabit but does not protect gay couples. The new law will take effect in March of 2016.
Election Day is tomorrow, and our Pittsburgh family law attorneys remind you to go out and vote in this year's Presidential Election! Voting for a Presidential candidate is a big choice to make, and one that should not be taken lightly. In our day-to-day lives, we are faced with many big choices. Some of the most important decisions we make involve our family members and loved ones.