Monthly Archives: May 2012
Russian Boy Abandoned

An American woman, Torry Hansen, who adopted a Russian boy and later sent him back to Moscow on a one-way flight has been ordered to pay a sum of $150,000 and an additional $1,000 per month in child support until he is an adult.   Torry Hansen was living in Shelbyville, Tennessee, when she sent…

Summertime is Modification Time

Take Care of Child Changes When School’s Out For lawyers, summertime means there’s going to be an increase of clients interested in modifying previous orders and agreements regarding their children.  When a child turns 18 and has graduated high school, the parent is no longer legally obligated to pay child support for that child unless…

Latino Immigrant Leaders Disappointed with Alabama Governor

When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill that made changes to HB-56, Alabama’s immigration law, leaders of immigrant Latino communities voiced their disappointment and anger.  This is a law they would like to see repealed. Evelyn Servin, with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, stated that we’re very disappointed as a community as we…

DIY Divorce?

You don’t know what you don’t know In these tough economic times, everyone’s looking to save some money, especially when it comes to expensive services like lawyers.  However, there are plenty of good reasons why you should think twice before downloading some documents off the Internet and filing them yourself without the advice of a…

Court Rules Gay Marriage Law That Denies Benefits Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples.  This is a groundbreaking ruling, but it is certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. The panel of judges of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, in its unanimous decision, has…

Biological Father Seeks Custody of Surviving Daughter

After going through a traumatic kidnapping, having her mother and sister murdered, a 12-year-old Tennessee girl has more drama unfolding in her life. On April 27, Adam Mayes kidnapped sisters Kyliyah, 8, and Alexandria, 12.  In the process, he murdered 14-year-old Adrienne Bain and her mother Jo Ann.  On May 10, Mayes killed himself and…