Surely you recall James Dondero, the high-powered Dallas hedge fund manager who spends his leisure time dining on giraffe, jamming to Steve Winwood, and becoming embroiled in ridiculously messy legal feuds. Last we checked some 17 months ago, Dondero was legal-feuding with two people. One was his w ... More >>
Jeffrey and Henry Buck were married in Massachusetts on September 22, 2006, some two years after the state recognized same-sex unions. They moved to Texas in 2008 and quickly discovered what heterosexual couples have known for ages about the sanctity of matrimony: Sometimes it just doesn't work out. ... More >>
With last call looming, a 28-year-old mom named Diana Salinas drove to Sanchez Restaurant and Bar in Oak Cliff early Sunday morning and made a bee line for her estranged husband, police say. She left her ill-advised companion in the car: her two-year-old son. After an argument about child support, ... More >>
It was a question the legal system had never faced before: If the state pays a man millions of dollars for locking him up for a crime he didn't commit, does the wife he left behind get a piece of that? There was no need for an answer before the passage of the Tim Cole Act in 2009, which awards the w ... More >>
To catch you up in case you haven't been paying attention, James Dondero, who owns the 72nd most expensive house in Dallas, eats giraffe jerky, and once stood next to George W. Bush, is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management, a $20 billion hedge fund and private equity firm headquartered here ... More >>
The state Supreme Court is considering developing a uniform, simplified do-it-yourself form for uncontested divorce filings, an effort to increase access to the justice system for people who can't afford a lawyer. Not surprisingly, some Texas lawyers feel the legal system is too complicated to be ... More >>
Photo by Danny Fulgencio"Jesus didn't want us to have a trial this close to his birthday," Steven Phillips's attorney, Tom McKenzie, said yesterday. He was joking, we're pretty sure. His point: That the prospect of an ex-wife now 20 years divorced from Phillips cutting a slice out of the rou ... More >>
Condoms, birth control -- who needs 'em? Just don't have sex, Texas says to its horny teens. Just hobble that unbridled desire coupled with a limited understanding of consequences and say 'No, I'm saving myself for marriage.' That's pretty much the message, maybe paired with an infographic demonstr ... More >>
Mark GrahamJudge David Hanschen's controversial child support rulings are vindicated by new state law. The state Legislature addressed Texas's baby-mama drama this session when, on May 12, Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that immediately relieves men determined not to be the biological father o ... More >>
A lengthy federal suit filed this morning by the national advocacy group Children's Rights says Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials have neglected their legal responsibility to the children in state care, and violated their constitutional rights, by "failing to either return them safely to ... More >>
Danny FulgencioIn the current paper version of Unfair Park, we detail the lengthy battle between Robert O'Donnell and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who extinguished O'Donnell's child support collection business after several courtroom victories. Despite the efforts of Abbott and his off ... More >>
Friday, September 18, at American Airlines Center
Family law judge David Hanschen may have received an "Excellent" job approval rating of just 14 percent on the Dallas Bar Association's 2009 Judicial Evaluation Poll, but he's celebrating a victory in what had been a bitter struggle for him just last year. After facing off with the Office o ... More >>
Late yesterday, we finally caught up with Ginger Weatherspoon, the former assistant attorney general who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General alleging that she was fired for reporting that supervisors confined her in a room against her will and attempted to coer ... More >>
Mark GrahamJudge David HanschenCourthouse News this morning highlights the story of Ginger Weatherspoon, a former assistant attorney general in Greg Abbott's office who claims she was fired after refusing to lie under oath about 254th District Judge David Hanschen. Weatherspoon, who worked from July ... More >>
When the phones in the Texas Attorney General's Office's Child Support Division wouldn't stop ringing, Delene Richardson did what she says she was told to do: pretend to be an answering machine. For the better part of four months, the Mesquite resident answered the phone in a robotic monotone and to ... More >>
The Texas Attorney General's Office sends word this morning that 22 Dallas parents who've been court-ordered to pony up child support were arrested by Dallas County constables -- and it was the very definition of a "rude awakening," as the round-up kicked off at 5:30 in the a.m. Says Attorney Genera ... More >>
Judge David Hanschen lets men challenge whether the kids they support are theirs. And the Texas Attorney General's Office is pissed.
In 1999, Central Dallas Ministries was inundated with callers looking for legal help. Most of these callers were poor, but not poor enough to qualify for help of the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. And yet they had pressing matters they needed help with -- from divorce to child custody to getting rest ... More >>
If you can do this in family court, more or less, why not for those awaiting jury duty? Just got another summons for jury duty, this time for Dallas Municipal Court. Alas, often summoned, never chosen. Seems no one likes my answers on juror questionnaires. But after writing about Judge Gene Knize a ... More >>
For Argentine director Daniel Burman, life is a movie
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Susan Diamond learned that it doesn't pay to annoy your kids' psychiatrists, even if you're a doctor
Friday, February 11
Dallas County District Clerk's Office
No Fear, Don't Have a Stroke, Watch the Birdy
Eight years ago, Kim Sullivan turned to the state for help collecting overdue child support. She's still waiting.
A pooch becomes the center of a divorce dispute. What's next, puppy-mony?
Caught in the Middle, Boeing Lovefest
In the he-said, she-said world of child visitation disputes, dads like Doug Watkins say fathers have no rights
Hank Haney Golf Center at City Place
Confronting advanced breast cancer without a dime to her name, Texas legend Priscilla Davis insists the good times aren't over yet
Should a 6-year-old decide his own fate? Lisa Singh, kidnapped by her father at age 6 and taken from America to a small village in India, says yes.
Dallas lawyer Catherine Shelton on her troubled pastand the Rowlett murder she says she didn't commit
Headed for divorce court? Act nice, or the judge will send you to psychologist Barry Coakley, Dallas' official referee for bickering couples.
Former school trustee Roberto Medrano is sued for child support
A Dallas jury is forced to sift through the wreckage of a family destroyed by the infamous Norplant rape case
She said it was abuse. He said it was manipulation. By the time a Denton court got through with this messy custody battle, a good mother would lose her kids forever.
Private child support agency means more headaches for single mother
You want Brian Loncar on your side, all right. Ask anyone who's made the mistake of crossing him.
When a heart-warming story gets ugly
When Ron Carpenter's nanny got busted, his 3-year-old daughter did the time
How a determined father found his abducted daughter
Juvenile judge dodges court dates for child-support hearings
Sam Krasniqi was acquitted of sexual abuse. So why won't the state let two children have their parents -or their religion?