Category Archives: Family Law

When the US Supreme Court sounds like a cheesy romance novel

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final passage in the majority opinion for the US Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges, in which the Court mandated all 50 US states to allow same-sex marriage. A bit too cheesy for my taste, but I welcome … Continue reading

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German Law on Having Babies

Last night, I received this e-mail: A married but separated woman asked if German law allows her husband to have babies with another woman while they aren’t yet divorced. Because this question comes up regularly, let me answer it once and for all: … Continue reading

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Europe, still divided

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, Europe has grown together. Countries which didn’t even exist as independent states back then are now member states of EU and NATO. The European Union reaches all the … Continue reading

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10 FAQ on Freedom of Movement in the EU

As part of my very popular series of legal FAQ, I now address a subject which can often help to resolve immigration cases which seem hopeless under national immigration law: the right to freedom of movement within the EU. Before … Continue reading

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ECJ ruling on asylum for homosexuals

On 7 November 2013 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that homosexual asylum seekers in the EU are protected as a “social group” under the Asylum Qualification Directive (Directive 2004/83/EC) and that EU member states have to grant asylum if … Continue reading

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New Child Custody Law in Germany (May 2013)

(This is an update to my FAQ about child custody law in Germany.) For a long time, child custody in Germany was automatically awarded to the mother of the child if the parents were not married at the time of … Continue reading

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The Law can’t Mend a Broken Heart

The law can do a lot. Lawyers can do even more, especially a hot-shot-lawyer like myself. But there is one thing that even I can’t do: I can’t force people to love you or to be faithful. Read this request … Continue reading

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10 FAQ on Child Custody Law in Germany

I have noticed that I receive many e-mails with the same questions, so I have started to post the most frequent questions – and of course the answers to them – for everyone to read for free. As this section might … Continue reading

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How to prevent Same-Sex Marriage

Churches, Conservatives, commentators, advocacy groups, politicians, media outlets and other concerned citizens are using all means possible to stop same-sex marriage from becoming legal. They use public information campaigns, they pray, they petition parliaments and file lawsuits in state and … Continue reading

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Malta, the Paradise for Victims of Domestic Violence

8 of March was International Women’s Day. I don’t think much of it, because I am anything but a feminist and because on the other hand I think the legitimate grievances by women (for example in Iran or Saudi Arabia) … Continue reading

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