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Missouri Bar Annual Law Update

I have been invited to speak at the Missouri Bar Annual Law Update The Missouri Baron the topic of Family Law on June 4, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Springfield.  I look forward to catching up with my colleagues and catching up on the latest developments in Family Law.

On the Road Stoned

A study released this month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls into question the long-assumed connection between marijuana and automobile crashes.

Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 3.0
Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 3.0

“This analysis shows that the significant increased risk of crash involvement associated with THC … is not found…”

Missouri law criminalizes driving “under the influence of” drugs.  But if NHTSA now tells us marijuana use is not correlated with crash risk, is it just a matter of time until a defense lawyer argues his client’s driving wasn’t influenced at all?

Gay Divorcée?

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today that Missouri Circuit Courts have subject matter jurisdiction over same-sex dissolution of marriages.

Supreme Court of Missouri
Supreme Court of Missouri

The Court ruled in In re the Marriage of: M.S. v. D.S. that a sua sponte dismissal for lack of subject matter was error despite the Missouri constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage.  The Court declined to rule on the constitutionality of gay marriage or whether the trial court could actually dissolve a same-sex marriage.

Missouri trial courts have jurisdiction over gay divorces.

Several groups including the ACLU, PROMO, Lambda Legal Defense, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and others filed briefs as friends of the Court.  The decision is being received as a small but significant step in the direction of equal rights for same-sex couples.