Jun. 20, 2014Mary A. Zambreno, Iowa Family Law Blog

Postnuptial agreements are written contracts between spouses that are executed after the couple has married.

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Jul. 1, 2013Mary A. Zambreno, Iowa Family Law Blog

In the case Woods v. Woods, 2013 WL 2149747 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013), the Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling that the father was to be the child’s primary residential parent. The mother argued that she should have primary custody because she wanted the child to remain in his private school, while the father planned to send the child to a local public school.

Jun. 26, 2013Mary A. Zambreno, Iowa Family Law Blog


In a landmark decision penned by Justice Kennedy, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan joined (Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissenting), the United States Supreme Court held that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a violation of equal protection pursuant to the Fifth Amendment in the case United States v. Windsor.

Jun. 24, 2013Mary A. Zambreno, Iowa Family Law Blog

On March 27, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Windsor v. U.S., 699 F.3d 169 (2d Cir. 2012), a decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals holding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. That section defines the word “marriage,” for the purposes of federal statutes and regulations as “only a legal union between one man and one woman.”

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