The First Crime in Space! Recent headlines from The New York Times and other prominent news agencies drew in readers stating that the first crime in space had allegedly been committed. The articles went on to discuss the thorny privacy and jurisdictional issues given that NASA was involved and the crime was purported to have occurred on the International Space Station, where astronauts from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada orbit the Earth. At its heart, however, the supposed first crime in space is a bitterly contested domestic relations matter involving income, assets, custody of a child, and de facto parent status.
Summer Worden and Anne McClain (a decorated NASA astronaut who was tapped for the first all-female spacewalk, and is in consideration to be the first woman on the moon) were married in 2014. Ms. Worden has a son, who was born approximately one year before the parties met.
By 2018, the parties’ relationship had broken down, and Ms. McClain, who had no legal status as a parent to Ms. Worden’s son, approached a Texas Court asking for shared parenting rights to the child and “the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child.” … Keep reading
Smartphones are everywhere, most people have one. The most common smartphones are either Android (from Google) or the iPhone (from Apple). My focus is the iPhone. I use ‘iPhone’, ‘phone’, and ‘smartphone’ interchangeably.
iPhones come pre-installed with a huge amount of technology (including apps) that anyone involved in family conflict (lawyers, friends, family and litigants) should be aware of. Today I’m talking about the technology preloaded on your phone, ready to use as soon as you take it out of the box. Software that has to be downloaded (whether free or paid) will be the subject of later articles that will link back to this one. I have an iPhone 6S (running iOS 9.2) but much of the information here applies to any iPhone as long as it runs iOS 8.0 or greater.… Keep reading
This time of year there are always articles making their way around the internet about relationships and marriages.
Facebook keeps all kinds of statistics and can tell from posts where folks are in their relationships. It is fascinating to me that they can track when the relationship gets serious, and when it goes bad.
There was another interesting piece on how the “cost” of sex has lessened, and how that affects choices for men and women differently (shades of my grandmother).
The most interesting piece, though, was a rather lengthy New York Times opinion piece on how marriages have changed and how the differences affect what we expect of marriage.
In last week’s post I shared some tips to help protect your privacy when divorcing. Following are a few more to consider.
1. Whether you move or stay, make sure that the post office has all the necessary address changes. Also be sure to contact all the credit card companies, phone carriers, banks, etc. with your change of address. If you have concerns about the security of mail in a mailbox, get a PO Box.
2. You also need to recognize that your private home may not be so private. If you have kids, they may stumble across divorce information, or your spouse may come into the house to pick them up for a visit. Designate a spot to keep your divorce files (and you will be accumulating divorce files) — a locked filing cabinet may be the best choice. Never leave computers on with your email account open.
3. You will now be responsible for the protections that are in place for your kids when they are with you. This means you should have computer limitations set for all machines they may even remotely access. I was … Keep reading
For most folks the decision to separate is hard, and the reality of what separation means can be harder. One of the most important aspects of separating is privacy. Whether you stay in the marital home or get your own new home, among your first steps should be protecting your privacy. Following are the first of several tips I have for protecting your privacy when separating.
1. If you are staying in your home, change the locks as soon as your spouse moves out. Reprogram the alarm system (if you have one) to a new code. Also, contact your alarm company to make sure that they will not let your spouse reprogram it again. Get the garage door opener back and reprogram the garage code. Make sure that you have all the keys to the vehicles that you drive.
2. Immediately, if not sooner, change ALL your passwords. This applies to your email, any online shopping sites, any online business accounts, retirement accounts, bank accounts, credit cards, etc. Don’t forget to change the password to your smartphone or any other electronic devices. If you had not utilized the password function … Keep reading