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Clarance Thomas Discusses Same-Sex Divorce

According to a recent news article from Huffington Post, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may finally be willing to “throw in the towel” on the fight against gay marriage.  The latest decision centers on a challenge to allowing same-sex marriages to proceed in Alabama.

Seven of nine United States Supreme Court justices refused to block gay marriage from becoming legal in Alabama.  The only two dissenting justices were Thomas and Antonin Scalia.  However in his dissenting opinion, Thomas stated the majority’s decision to allow same-sex marriage “may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution.” 
In other words, when oral arguments are held in April, and a majority opinion on the merits of the case is issued this summer, Thomas is indicating there is virtually no chance there will be a ruling finding any state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be constitutional.  At the present time there are 37 states, which allow same-sex marriage.  If this upcoming case goes as expected, same-sex marriage will be legal across the United States.

While this will have an obvious benefit for same sex couples wishing to enter into a legal marriage, as a Washington, DC divorce lawyer, this predicted change will also provide spouses in a same-sex marriage wishing to get a divorce more options.

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Sexual Abuse Allegations in DC Child Custody Cases

There is no question child custody cases can be an emotionally difficult experience.  When both parents cannot agree on custody, parties will have to essentially argue before the court about who is a more suitable parent to care for your minor children. 

There may be allegations that the other parent is addicted to illegal or prescription drugs.  There may be allegations the other parent leaves the child with a dangerous or irresponsible friend or other family member. Sometimes there is truth to these allegations, but often times there is no truth whatsoever.  It is an unfortunate reality some parents do or say whatever they think will help convince a judge in the Washington, DC family court they are a more suitable parent for the children. 

In some of the most bitter custody disputes, one parent will falsely accuse the other parent of sexually abusing their child, or allowing someone else to do so while the minor child is in his or her custody.  If there was any truth to these allegations, there should be a full investigation, and any parent should do everything necessary to look out for the health and safety of his or her children.  

However, when there is no truth at all to these allegations, your Washington, DC child custody attorney must be familiar with how sex abuse allegations are handled by police, social services, and the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

It is important to understand how these allegations are typically made, and how it will affect your child custody case. An allegedly concerned parent will often take their child to doctor complaining about some type of abuse.  The doctor is a mandated reporter, which means he or she must convey the allegations to police.  While there must be some reason to believe the allegations, most doctors will err on the side of making a report rather than ignoring the situation.

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