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Deployed sailor ordered to show up in court

A judge has ordered a sailor from Washington to attend a child custody hearing in Michigan despite the fact that he is currently serving on board a Navy submarine in the Pacific Ocean. In addition, the judge has said she will issue a warrant for his arrest if he does not make it to the hearing because he will be in contempt of court.

Tips for resolving summer parenting time disputes

Now that Memorial Day weekend has passed, many children’s sights are set on the last day of school. After the school year ends, kids have a sense of freedom that comes only once a year. However, the summer vacation period may be ripe for disputes between parents. In these instances, parents may not be thinking of their children’s welfare, or their summer experiences. Because of this, we offer a few helpful tips in order to resolve disputes.

Appeals court rules in favor of Jason Patric in custody fight

Actor Jason Patric recently won a major victory in his child custody case when a California appeals court judge ruled that a statute written to prevent sperm donors from later seeking custody of a child did not prevent him from seeking custody based on a familial relationship. The ruling allows Patric to go back to the trial court so that he can articulate the facts that show that he should be properly evaluated as a father to the child. 

Columbus Short dealing with his own real life scandal

“Scandal” star Columbus Short is embroiled in another legal matter involving an alleged physical altercation. He was previously charged with felony battery after an alleged fight in a restaurant in Los Angeles. Prosecutors claim that Short punched a man in the face; breaking his nose and leaving him unconscious.

Why you should be careful about social media use in a divorce

A generation ago, it was inconceivable that a person could communicate with thousands of people at the same time with a simple post or picture. Indeed, a number of people could be reached through email, but the advent of social media has increased the reach of communication ten-fold. Because of this, people going through a divorce (or a nasty custody dispute) may be tempted to air their dirty laundry.

'Conscious uncoupling' more than just a phrase

Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement that she and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will engage in a "conscious uncoupling" was likely met with genuine dismay and a sense of annoyance. Paltrow already has a reputation in Hollywood, and possibly among fans, for thinking that she is better than others, so the "uncoupling" title probably is not doing her any favors.

Supreme Court rules for parent who fled child custody order

Child custody cases are often complicated. When a parent takes a child out of the country against the wishes of the other parent and the court, though, it can be the beginning of a nightmare for the parent who is left behind. There are several countries that honor the Hague Convention, which requires that a child be returned to his or her country if there is a standing court order.

Bills stall in Legislature on rapists' parental rights

Consider this scenario: A woman is a victim of a sexual assault. She becomes pregnant because of that crime. Her attacker files for custody or visitation of the child. The judge awards visitation along with an order to pay child support. While this may sound absurd, it is allowed in many states, including Washington. Two bills have been introduced to address this and other issues, but both have stalled.

Judge: Child custody does not require medical marijuana treatment

In a Washington state Superior Court ruling, a man will be allowed custody of his infant daughter without completing a drug treatment program for his medical marijuana use. The Department of Social and Health Services has said that it will not challenge the Superior Court's reversal of a ruling from a lower court that ordered the man to complete an inpatient drug treatment program before custody of his 16-month old daughter would be awarded to him.

Paternity testing offered by clinic amid allegations of tampering

When a woman visits a fertility clinic, she has a belief that the procedures she will undergo will be handled correctly and confidentially. However, when someone intentionally alters the results of a procedure, lives can be forever affected. This is what is alleged to have occurred at a fertility clinic at the University of Utah more than two decades ago.

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