A former financial executive felt that he should get more than the usual 50/50 split of the marital assets because his self-described "genius" was a special contributing factor that helped the couple accrue their wealth.
Generally speaking, when both parties in a family court decision walk away feeling like they've given up a lot, the judgment has probably been as fair as possible. However, if you feel like you have clearly come out on the "losing" end of the case, it may be time to consider an appeal.
The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear a California couple's appeal on the adoption of their former foster daughter, by biological relatives in the Choctaw nation. The adoption by the child's extended Choctaw family, which came about after it became clear that she would not be reunited with her father, a tribal member, has drawn national media attention. The girl had been in foster care with the non-American Indian family for four years, and they wished to adopt her.
Sometimes you just can't accept the judge's verdict in your family law case as final without a fight—there may be too much at stake, especially if it involves your children or long-term financial consequences. Appealing it is the only thing that makes sense.
California child support laws make both parents equally responsible for the financial well-being of their children--which means each parent's income has to be considered when calculating how much child support is owed or received.
Courts are asked to intervene in family law matters when disputes cannot be resolved in any other way. And while court orders must be respected and followed, sometimes people find the proceedings to be nothing short of a courtroom disaster.