Author Archive for Judith G. McMullen

Full Faith and Credit for Adoption

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Category: Family Law, Public | No Comments »

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued a summary disposition reversing the judgment of the Alabama Supreme Court in V.L. v. E.L. (577 U.S. ___ (2016)) In that case, ... Read more »

Vaccination Uproar

Friday, February 6th, 2015
Category: Family Law, Health Care, Public | 2 Comments »

During the past month, the American public has been bombarded with news reports about a continuing measles epidemic, as well as an extensive debate about whether measles vaccinations should be ... Read more »

Spouses, Income, Alimony

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Category: Family Law, Public | 1 Comment »

There are few things in family law more controversial than alimony (also referred to as spousal maintenance), which is defined as a series of support payments made by one former ... Read more »

Brutality Touches Down at Home

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Family Law, Public, Sports & Law | No Comments »

Anyone living in the United States who has watched TV in the last two weeks is undoubtedly aware that the NFL is in the midst of a storm of bad ... Read more »

Desperately Seeking Re-Homing

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Category: Family Law, Public | 1 Comment »

Child adoptions in the United States may be legally arranged through state or private agencies, or through individual contacts between would-be adoptive parents and birth mothers. In any of these ... Read more »

The Catch-22 of Child Care

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Category: Family Law, Public | 7 Comments »

A recent article in the New York Times details the high cost of child care in the United States. Writer Alissa Quart cites research by sociologist Joya Misra, who argues ... Read more »

Adopting Veronica

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Category: Family Law, Federal Indian Law, Public | 1 Comment »

Recently I wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court declared that a Native American father was not covered by the Indian Child Welfare Act’s procedures for ... Read more »

Measuring Child Abuse Incidence

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Category: Family Law, Public | No Comments »

Probably you are familiar with some version of the old philosophical riddle “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, is there ... Read more »

Adoption and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Category: Family Law, Public | 2 Comments »

Although major cases involving gay marriage have grabbed most of the headlines in recent weeks, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down yet another important family law case ... Read more »

The Cop on My Porch

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Family Law, Public, Wisconsin Law & Legal System | 1 Comment »

On December 1st, the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield reopens for business. Unless you have been out of the country for the last five weeks, you no doubt know ... Read more »

We Are All Sikhs

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Category: Family Law, Public, Religion & Law | 3 Comments »

The day after the dreadful attacks of September 11, 2001, the French newspaper Le Monde published an editorial under the headline “Nous Sommes Tous Américains” (“We Are All Americans”).  The ... Read more »

Should This Man Go Free?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | 3 Comments »

Today’s New York Times Sunday magazine contains a fascinating article about Greg Ousley, a 33-year-old Indiana man who is in prison for killing his parents when he was 14 years ... Read more »