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Judge stays recognition of most Ohio out-of-state gay nuptials

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Ohio will not be required to recognize the legal marriage of gay couples statewide, pending appeal of a ruling that struck down a state ban, but it must recognize the unions of the couples who challenged the law, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Timothy Black on Monday struck down Ohio's ban on recognizing the marriage of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, but did not address the state's ban on same-sex marriage within the state. Both were enacted in 2004.

Malta legalises gay civil unions, adoption

Malta's parliament passed a law Monday legalising same-sex civil partnerships and giving gay couples the right to adopt. The Mediterranean island country's parliament passed the bill by a vote of 37-0. The opposition abstained because it opposes gay adoption but not gay unions, said its leader Simon Busuttil. Thousands of supporters cheered the law's passage on the central square in the capital Valletta. Catholicism is the state religion in Malta, the European Union's smallest member state.

Court claims jurisdiction in divorce case involving foreign spouse

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- A local court ordered a German ex-husband to pay compensation to his former South Korean wife, a ruling that may be a step in trying to set down jurisdiction and guidelines in divorce cases involving spouses of foreign nationality, court officials said Sunday. The court said the husband should pay his ex-wife 50 million won (US$48,262), half the amount she had sought. Names of the couple and dates of the court proceedings were not made available.

What's even worse than a divorce? For some, it's the taxes

By Lauren Young NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Conscious uncoupling" might become all the rage now that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin have announced they are separating in a cooperative and respectful way. But there is nothing touchy feely about divorce in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service.

New Brunswick government seeks public input on unsealing adoption records

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government is seeking public input on a proposal to open more than 100 years of sealed adoption records in the province. Social Development Minister Madeleine Dube says currently, both the adopted child and the biological parents have to make a request for information before a file is opened.

Judge scolds Lev Tahor families for fleeing before court ruled on custody case

TORONTO - Families from an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect who fled the country last month in the midst of a child custody case were chided by an Ontario judge on Friday for not allowing the country's courts to do their work. Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton — who will be deciding whether the children in the case should be reunited with their parents or remain in foster care — told the members of the Lev Tahor community that she was concerned about the kid's legal rights, not their religious affiliation.

Child abduction treaty comes into force in Japan

Japan on Tuesday enacted an international treaty on cross-border child custody disputes, more than three decades after it was agreed and after years of pressure from Western allies. The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction came into force after the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe endorsed last year's decision by both houses of parliament to approve the treaty.

U.S. fathers urge Japan to comply with child custody treaty

A group of U.S. fathers urged the Japanese government Monday to comply with a convention for settling cross-border child custody disputes and help them and other American parents reunite with their children living in Japan. The fathers and their supporters, including a veteran congressman, handed a petition to a minister of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, a day before Japan's implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Lawmakers launch group to ensure visitations after divorce

More than 40 Japanese lawmakers set up a group Tuesday with an aim to enact legislation to ensure visitations between children and their parents separated due to divorce or marital disputes in Japan. The lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties will strive to prevent severance of the parent-child relationship for the child's best interest, as more than 150,000 children in Japan every year are estimated to lose contact with noncustodial parents following divorce.

Portugal rejects gay partner adoption law

Lisbon Friday shot down a law that would allow same-sex couples to adopt the child of their partner, a step back for gay rights in Portugal. The so-called "co-parenting" bill, backed by the left-leaning opposition in Portugal's 230-seat parliament, was rejected by a narrow majority. The law would have allowed that "when two people of the same sex are married or cohabiting and one of them has parental responsibility for a minor, by blood or adoption, the spouse may adopt the minor".
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