Good Faith Belief in Valid Marriage is Subjective

In a landmark decision, the California Supreme Court reversed 25 years of California law that a cultural marriage must be both in “good faith” and “reasonable” to be valid.

In reversing IRMO Vryonis (1988) 202 Cal.App.3d 712, the Court stated: “We disagree with Vryonis and its progeny to the extent they hold good faith . . . → Read More: Good Faith Belief in Valid Marriage is Subjective

California: Good Faith Belief in Cultural Marriage may be Unreasonable

California Appellate Court, 6th District (Santa Clara): Vryonis decision (1988) invalidating Iranian Cultural Marriage was erroneous

Santa Clara, California, April 19, 2011: In Ceja v. Rudolph & Sletten, Inc., the California Appellate Court for the 6th District held that an innocent party to an invalid marriage would be entitled to marital benefits even if . . . → Read More: California: Good Faith Belief in Cultural Marriage may be Unreasonable

Why Registered Domestic Partners/Same Sex Spouses Still Need Adoptions or Court Orders of Parentage

By Diane M. Goodman

In December 2008 Newsweek published an article about the Miller-Jenkins custody case. Lisa Miller and her partner, Janet Jenkins entered into a civil union in Vermony in 2000. Civil unions in Vermont are similar to California’s Registered Domestic Partner laws. After their civil union, Lisa carried a child created with . . . → Read More: Why Registered Domestic Partners/Same Sex Spouses Still Need Adoptions or Court Orders of Parentage

Washington: Incomplete Dowry does not Invalidate Sudanese Cultural Marriage

Appellate Court of Washington (Div. 3): Incomplete Payment of Dowry Does Not Invalidate Sudanese Cultural Marriage

Washington, February 10, 2011: In re the Marriage of Akon and Awan, (2011) No. 27922-7-III, the Court of Appeal of the State of Washington (Division 3),  found that an unregistered cultural marriage between two Sudanese in Sudan was valid . . . → Read More: Washington: Incomplete Dowry does not Invalidate Sudanese Cultural Marriage

WASHINGTON: Afghani/Islamic Mahr Not Enforceable As A Prenuptial Contract

Islamic MahrIs  Not Enforceable Against Afghani  Groom Who Did Not Read, Write, or Spoke Farsi

Washington, February 23, 2010:Husna (Wife) from Canada, and Khalid (Husband) from U.S., are children of Afghan immigrants. They married in an Islamic marriage ceremony in Washington, during which Khalid promised in writing to make an “immediate”cash gift of  $100.00, . . . → Read More: WASHINGTON: Afghani/Islamic Mahr Not Enforceable As A Prenuptial Contract