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  • Judge rules Kansas sperm donor must pay child support

    01/23/2014 3:42:29 PM PST · by McBuff · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday. Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn’t intend to be a father. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn’t involve a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process and thus Marotta didn’t qualify as a sperm donor, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. ‘‘In this case, quite simply, the parties...
  • Fathers of Illegitimate Children Would Lose Rights to Adoption

    A bill presented in the House would allow the adoption of a child to take place without the consent of the father, if he has not previously developed a consistent and substantial relationship with the child. The definition of “consistent and substantial relationship,” has not been specifically defined in Missouri law. The bill seeks to express clearly the actions a father must take to develop a consistent and substantial relationship. Unless actively thwarted from doing so by the mother, the father must provide: Consistent prenatal financial support Payment of prenatal and natal medical care for the mother and baby Child...
  • Seattle Times special report: Twisted ethics of an expert witness

    06/26/2011 10:54:56 AM PDT · by vmpolesov · 14 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/27/2011 | Ken Armstrong and Maureen O'Hagan
    Earlier this year, a four-page document with a bland title, "Stipulation for Dismissal with Prejudice," was filed in a civil matter percolating on the King County Courthouse's ninth floor. Hardly anyone took notice. Most everyone had moved on. But that document — filed by lawyers tangled up in the estate of Stuart Greenberg, a nationally renowned psychologist whose life ended in scandal — signaled the end of a tortuous undertaking. Greenberg had proved such a toxic force — a poison coursing through the state's court system — that it took more than three years for lawyers and judges to sift...
  • UK Review of Family Law May Mean Expanded Role for Dads

    10/01/2010 10:32:43 AM PDT · by fathers1 · 1 replies ^ | 9/27/10 | Robert Franklin, Esq.
    Since before the election in the Spring that turned Labor out of office in favor of a Conservative/Liberal Democratic government, British voters have been promised a thoroughgoing reevaluation of family law. Begun under the Brown government, the review of family law has been largely cloaked in mystery. But last week, Lord Justice Wall, President of the Family Division gave a speech to the organization Families Need Fathers that sketched the outlines of the coming changes, and many news outlets picked up on his remarks. But most of those were at best suggestive and, as is so often the case, reporters...
  • Need Ruthless Family Court Attorney in Buffalo (Vanity)

    06/07/2010 12:21:42 PM PDT · by mom4melody · 14 replies · 38+ views
    Please, I need a name of a ruthless yet fairly honest (is that an oxymoron) family law attorney in the Buffalo NY area, ASAP would be great. Thanks in advance for any help.
  • Don't leave fathers out of custody cases[Fathers' Rights/'Fairness in Family Law']

    03/14/2008 6:22:27 AM PDT · by ProCivitas · 35 replies · 571+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 11, 2008 | Rinaldo Del Gallo III
    DIVORCED FATHERS and their children deserve a better deal than they're getting from the courts. A shared parenting bill in the state House would create a "rebuttable presumption" - that as long as both parents are fit and it is practical, both parents are entitled to equal custody of the children. Currently, custody almost always goes solely to the mother when she objects to shared parenting. more stories like thisA "rebuttable presumption" is an easy concept. The court starts with the common sense position that it is usually in the best interest of children that they be raised equally by...
  • Too Religious to Keep Her Daughter? [Could you be next?]

    03/05/2008 7:59:02 PM PST · by Howdy there · 114 replies · 853+ views
    Inside Edition ^ | 3/5/08 | Inside Edition
    11-year-old Libby Mashburn is at the center of a child-custody battle with far-reaching consequences. Libby's mother says she lost primary custody of her daughter because she was deemed to be too religious.[A Judge in Alabama ruled that Libby could not be taught the Bible by her Baptist mother.] Libby tells INSIDE EDITION, "I think children should be able to choose who they want to live with." Libby's mom Laura Snider is a member of an [large] ultra-conservative Baptist church in Alabama. Libby spends several hours each week attending sermons. On weekends, she goes to Sunday school.[She attends church at...
  • American Muslims Believe They Found A Way To Establish Shariah Law in the USA.

    03/02/2008 9:17:36 PM PST · by AllseeingEye33 · 66 replies · 358+ views
    American Muslims Believe They Found A Way To Establish Shariah Law in the USA. Quote: And while our attention is diverted by our clueless leaders and the apologists and appeasers of Islamism, this is what’s happening behind our backs. Issa Smith writes in the American Muslim that Native American courts can be used as a precedent for Islamic courts in the US. Although the Muslim community in North America is vastly different from the Indian community, I feel that in developing a plan for the implementation of Muslim family law, we can in some ways imitate the paradigm of...
  • Religion Joins Custody Cases, to Judges' Unease (NYT)

    02/13/2008 10:45:20 AM PST · by Howdy there · 81 replies · 319+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2008 | NEELA BANERJEE
    MADISON, Ala. — On a January night nine years ago, Laura Snider was saved. A 27-year-old single mother at the time, Mrs. Snider felt she had ruined her life through a disastrous marriage and divorce. But in her kitchen that night, after reading pamphlets and Bible passages that her boss had pointed her to, she realized she was a sinner, she said, she prayed for forgiveness, and put her trust in Christ. Four years later, the conservative brand of Christianity Mrs. Snider embraced became the source of a bitter, continuing custody battle over her only child, Libby Mashburn. Across the...
  • Fathers & Families--Amazing New Bill Says Dads Can Be Arrested for Leaving the State

    01/02/2008 10:41:43 AM PST · by PercivalWalks · 6 replies · 361+ views ^ | 12-21-07 | Glenn Sacks
    For fathers and the children who love them and need them, Massachusetts sometimes looks a lot like feminist hell. In this series, Ned Holstein, Executive Director of Fathers & Families, points to four um...problematic...Massachusetts family law bills. The first bill Holstein cites limits the freedoms of all dads--even married dads and "dads" with no children! From Holstein: Here are four candidates for the most dubious family bills in the Massachusetts Legislature....I would like to hear from those in other states – tell me about the legislative doozies in your state. Then we will determine the winner of “most ridiculous family...
  • The plight of divorced dads

    12/10/2007 7:07:25 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 324 replies · 2,068+ views
    National Post ^ | December 08, 2007 | Barbara Kay
    No other topics I write about so consistently provoke passionate personal response as those dealing with systemic discrimination against men. When, for example, I point out double standards for boys and girls in the health care system, or expose the use of bogus statistics around domestic violence, my inbox fills with male gratitude simply for acknowledging an obvious fact: Our culture is profoundly misandric.Of the myriad forms of discrimination men cite, one looms over the rest: The egregious treatment meted out to fathers in the throes of contested child custody following the "no-fault" divorces most of them did not...
  • Advice to young men: Do not marry, do not have children

    11/13/2007 7:08:30 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 551 replies · 4,760+ views
    ENTERSTAGERIGHT ^ | 11/12/2007 | Stephen Baskerville
    Marriage is a foundation of civilized life. No advanced civilization has ever existed without the married, two-parent family. Those who argue that our civilization needs healthy marriages to survive are not exaggerating. And yet I cannot, in good conscience, urge young men to marry today. For many men (and some women), marriage has become nothing less than a one-way ticket to jail. Even the New York Times has reported on how easily "the divorce court leads to a jail cell," mostly for men. In fact, if I have one urgent piece of practical advice for young men today it is...
  • Presidential Hopefuls Criticize Iowa Gay 'Marriage' Ruling

    09/05/2007 12:54:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 409+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | September 3, 2007 | Ethan Cole
    Presidential hopefuls seeking to win conservative voters were quick to voice criticism of an Iowa county judge’s ruling to allow gay “marriage” in his county despite the state’s ban on same-sex civil “marriage.” Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was the first to denounce the decision by Polk County Judge Robert Hanson, who last Thursday ruled that the state’s decade-old same-sex “marriage” ban violated the couples’ constitutional rights. Romney even voiced support of a federal ban on same-sex “marriage.” “The ruling in Iowa is another example of an activist court and unelected judges trying to redefine marriage and disregard the will...
  • Iowa Gay Marriage Applications Halted

    09/01/2007 8:38:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 482+ views
    My Way News ^ | August 31, 2007 | David Pitt
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Same-sex marriage was legal here for less than 24 hours before the county won a stay of a judge's order on Friday, a tiny window of opportunity that allowed two men to make history but left dozens of other couples disappointed after a frantic rush to the altar. At 2 p.m. Thursday, Judge Robert Hanson ordered Polk County officials to accept marriage license requests from same-sex couples, but he granted the stay at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. By then 27 same-sex couples had filed applications, but only Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan of Ames had made...
  • Iowa Judge Says Marriage Not Just Man, Woman--Ruling: Law Defining Marriage Invalid (MUST READ!)

    08/30/2007 10:26:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies · 2,575+ views
    WKMG Local 6 ^ | August 30, 2007
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Polk County judge has struck down Iowa's law preserving marriage for only a man and a woman. He ordered the county recorder's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Six gay and lesbian couples went to court for the right to legally marry in Iowa. Lamda Legal filed a lawsuit in 2005 on behalf of the couples in Iowa, saying they deserve equal protection under the law. Des Moines laywer Dennis Johnson represented six gay couples who filed the lawsuit after they were denied marriage licenses, and he says Hanson's ruling is a moral...
  • Missing in the immigration debate

    06/10/2007 4:51:46 PM PDT · by crossing_over · 19 replies · 828+ views
    Dirk Krueger
    Since the CIR drafters are so intent at giving amnesty to illegals while closing all practical roads to legal immigration, wiping out all hope of those that patiently done all by the book, whether American on legal immigrant: Draft Bill Proposal International Divorce Immigration Relief Act (IDIRA) The purpose of this law is to allow children regular, meaningful contact to both parents, also where families become separated over international boundaries in times of globalization. It also improves the ability of parents to financially support children legally residing in the United States, for example, allowing a parent living in a underdeveloped...
  • Help, the government has taken my daughter!

    01/23/2007 8:09:38 PM PST · by BuddhaBrown · 23 replies · 660+ views
    Dan Brown
    I hope this is not an inappropriate use of this site. If so, please disregard or delete this posting. My family has been torn apart by the state of Wisconsin. Our 12 year old daughter has been taken away by the state and is only days away from being given psychotropic and other drugs against our will. We are in the process of securing legal representation and we surely would appreciate any advice or referrals from fellow Wisconsin freepers. We are looking at local attorneys, of course, but this site has been such a great source of information for me...
  • Pro-gun activists say women are taking away their rights with domestic laws

    01/08/2007 8:50:49 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 79 replies · 2,178+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1/7/07 | JOAN BURBICK
    He was much larger than me and had a beefy football-player build and short dark hair -- the bouncer type. He was going to get physical if I objected. He was ready to push as we walked quickly past the long row of tables covered with guns and ammunition, past the woman collecting money for admission. Talk to him, I said to myself. Talk to him. I kept telling him I didn't work for the newspapers as he herded me to the exit. "No pictures," he kept repeating. "No pictures," he insisted one last time as he opened the heavy...
  • Rise in Out-of-Wedlock Births Is Bad News for America's Kids

    12/11/2006 12:20:59 PM PST · by PercivalWalks · 23 replies · 926+ views
    The Washington Times via Glenn Sacks Blog ^ | December 11, 2006 | By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    <p>The recent announcement from the National Center for Health Statistics that the out-of-wedlock birth rate is at an all-time high is bad news for America’s children. It would be easier to understand, perhaps, if it were naive teenage mothers who were creating this trend. However, according to the new NCHS study, the trend--which is creating 1.5 million babies a year--is being driven by adult women, many of whom are in their 30s and 40s and are choosing single motherhood. They should know better.</p>
  • Coercive Abortion Prevention Act Assumes Male Guilt, Opens Door to Unfair Prosecutions

    12/01/2006 12:11:40 PM PST · by PercivalWalks · 13 replies · 704+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | 11/30/06 | By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    <p>Bob and Jane live together and, like many young couples, they sometimes argue. There never seems to be enough money, and while they both want to go to college, neither has yet been able to do so. Jane recently discovered that she is pregnant.</p>
  • Are Single Mothers the 'New American Family?'

    10/04/2006 11:07:34 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 37 replies · 1,327+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/3/06 | By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    Call it the backlash against the backlash. Over the past decade, Americans have increasingly understood that the divorce revolution, fatherlessness and single parent households are harming our children. Now those who view the traditional family as disadvantageous to women are firing back, defending women who choose single motherhood and depicting fathers as superfluous. Last fall Stanford University Gender Scholar Peggy Drexler penned the highly-publicized book Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms Are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men. This month Oxford Press released Wellesley College Women's Studies Professor Rosanna Hertz’s Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women...
  • Stronach joins Domi in the sin bin (Canadian Liberal MP's crash & burn saga continues ... snicker)

    09/27/2006 3:37:03 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 66 replies · 2,243+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, September 27, 2006 | Don Martin
    Stronach joins Domi in the sin bin Homewrecker accusations will tarnish MP's calm, cool image Don Martin National Post Wednesday, September 27, 2006 OTTAWA - They were always together -- and it always seemed so unnatural. On the campaign hustings in the middle of hockey season. Drinking in a trendy Toronto bar in March. Sharing a fruit plate at the Magna Golf Club in June. Whooping it up at the Calgary Stampede in July. And that was just 2006. The unlikely friendship between MP Belinda Stronach and retired Toronto hockey enforcer Tie Domi dates back years. You'd watch them...
  • Shared Parenting Initiative Helps Women, Too

    09/26/2006 12:50:22 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 19 replies · 529+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 9/26/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    Jane is a successful career woman. She has moved up rapidly in a competitive field, and is advancing her career by attending business school at night. Bob works out of their home and does most of the childcare. If Bob decides he doesn’t want Jane anymore, should he be able to take her kids away and push her to the margins of their lives? The opponents of the North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative think he should. Under the NDSPI, unless a parent is unfit, both parents in a divorce will have joint legal and physical custody of their children. By...
  • Schwarzenegger Should Veto AB 2051

    09/20/2006 2:14:57 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/20/06 | Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    Schwarzenegger Should Veto AB 2051 By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks The California Assembly just passed a domestic violence bill which will perpetuate the state’s harmful policy of excluding men and their children from receiving state-funded domestic violence services. Under AB 2051, only “battered women” are eligible for the shelters, hotel vouchers, counseling and legal services the state provides victims of domestic violence. Governor Schwarzenegger should veto this misguided legislation. Because AB 2051 is based on the discredited premise that men are rarely the victims of intimate partner abuse, the bill has aroused considerable opposition from domestic violence researchers and...
  • New American Bar Association Article Points to Crisis in False Paternity Judgments

    08/22/2006 4:03:20 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 31 replies · 1,174+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/22/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    Child support enforcement programs are supported by all sides of the political spectrum, from women’s advocates on the left to traditionalists on the right. While this popularity is sometimes understandable, it has also allowed glaring and inexcusable abuses to fester and grow. Of these, none is more egregious than when men are forced to pay 18 years of child support for children who are not theirs, and who in many cases they’ve never even met. In “The Innocent Third Party: Victims of Paternity Fraud,” a new article in the American Bar Association's Family Law Quarterly, Washington DC attorney Ronald K....
  • How HHS Bullies North Dakota Citizens (no shared parenting = bureaucrats' job security)

    08/18/2006 5:58:22 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 13 replies · 565+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Aug 17, 2006 | Stephen Baskerville and Mitchell S. Sanderson
    How HHS Bullies North Dakota Citizens by Stephen Baskerville and Mitchell S. Sanderson Human Events Online Aug 17, 2006 Those who work in what was once nobly known as the civil service -- and what has degenerated into the "bureaucracy" -- are required by law and ethics to be politically neutral. Presidents and members of Congress, cabinet and sub-cabinet secretaries can voice opinions. Even judges are permitted (and often abuse) a privilege of obiter dicta. But career officials are supposed to implement the policies of the people and their elected officials, not publicly advocate what those policies should be....
  • Respect a Man's Choice, Too

    08/09/2006 11:27:38 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 7 replies · 732+ views
    AlterNet ^ | 8/9/06 | By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    In Kai Ma’s recent AlterNet column “The Difference Between a Womb and a Wallet” (7/26/06) she applauds a U.S. District Court judge’s quick, contemptuous dismissal of Matt Dubay’s “Roe v. Wade for Men” lawsuit. Dubay sought to wipe out the child support payments he is obligated to make to an ex-girlfriend who, he says, used a fallacious claim of infertility to deceive him into getting her pregnant. In opposing “Choice for Men,” Ma asserts that a “woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy is not the equivalent of a man's choice to financially opt out of fatherhood.” She cites the pain...
  • Brett Myers Case Obscures an Important Truth About Domestic Violence Arrests

    08/07/2006 12:32:38 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 10 replies · 793+ views
    Delaware County Daily Times [Philadelphia] ^ | 8/8/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    An important truth has been lost in the controversy over the way the Philadelphia Phillies handled pitcher Brett Myers after his recent arrest for spousal abuse. Mrs. Myers’ injuries and the accounts of several witnesses leave little reason to doubt her husband’s culpability. Nevertheless, the Phillies at first reserved judgment about the case, and allowed Myers to pitch. This was wrong, as the team admitted after widespread criticism, and Myers was given a leave of absence. However, in many domestic violence cases the men arrested do deserve the open mind and support which the Phillies mistakenly extended Myers. Spousal abuse...
  • Philadelphia Daily News Unfairly Stereotypes Dads

    08/02/2006 12:38:07 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 19 replies · 905+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 8/2/06 | Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    Child support debtors are everybody’s favorite punching bag. The Daily News is apparently no exception, as reporter Dana DiFillippo recently penned two ill-advised, one-sided critiques of divorced and separated fathers. In Jail Threat Springs $$, DiFillippo highlights the story of a local "deadbeat” who offered a judge a “list of reasons why he had failed to pay almost $16,000" in child support. The judge “barks” at these explanations and gives the surprised father two months in jail. DiFillippo approvingly quotes prosecutor Maria McLaughlin, who “chalked up another victory” with the case, as McLaughlin blames the debtor for his incarceration. According...
  • NOW at 40: Group’s Opposition to Shared Parenting Contradicts Its Goal of Gender Equality

    07/31/2006 12:12:29 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 19 replies · 748+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 7/31/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    The National Organization for Women turned 40 this summer, and formally celebrated its anniversary at its national conference in July. NOW President Kim Gandy has proudly recounted her organization's successes in opening up opportunities for women, and says they are “never giving up the dream of full equality for all.” Unfortunately, on some issues – particularly in family law and child custody – NOW's policies and actions contradict its ideals of “full equality for all.” This is most evident in the group's dogged opposition to joint custody and shared parenting. The logic behind shared parenting is hard to dispute. Kids...
  • NOW at 40: Group’s Opposition to Shared ParentingContradicts Its Goal of Gender Equality

    07/31/2006 12:01:58 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 8 replies · 476+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 7/31/06 | Glenn Sacks
    The National Organization for Women turned 40 this summer, and formally celebrated its anniversary at its national conference in July. NOW President Kim Gandy has proudly recounted her organization's successes in opening up opportunities for women, and says they are “never giving up the dream of full equality for all.” Unfortunately, on some issues – particularly in family law and child custody – NOW's policies and actions contradict its ideals of “full equality for all.” This is most evident in the group's dogged opposition to joint custody and shared parenting. The logic behind shared parenting is hard to dispute. Kids...
  • Ideology trumps equality (North America's anti family Courts)

    06/22/2006 7:06:18 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 4 replies · 486+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, June 21, 2006 | Barbara Kay
    Ideology trumps equality Barbara Kay National Post Wednesday, June 21, 2006 'For Heaven's sake, a man is cheating on you, you do what every wife in this country does: You take him to the cleaners. Get his house, car, kids -- make him wish he was dead." Those were the words of a female assistant district attorney explaining to a Texas jury in 2003 that there was no need for defendant Clara Harris to have resorted to murdering her philandering husband (she drove his new Cadillac back and forth over his body before horrified onlookers -- when family law...
  • Legal appeal challenges civil no-fault divorce unconstitutional (Catholic Homeschooler)

    01/21/2006 11:07:58 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies · 1,846+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 20, 2006
    Columbus, Jan. 20, 2006 (CNA) - An Ohio mother of four has launched a constitutional appeal against an Ohio civil divorce and custody decision, arguing her religious beliefs and free speech were used against her in the proceedings.Marie “Bai” Macfarlane’s husband abandoned her and their four children in 2003 and began no-fault divorce proceedings. Macfarlane is a stay-at-home mother and devout Catholic who homeschooled her children until 2004.Her potentially precedent-setting appeal was submitted by Ave Maria School of Law professor Stephen Safranek. The Constitutional Law professor argues: “The civil courts do not have sole authority to end her marriage or...
  • "Presumption of Shared-Parenting for Divorcing Fit Parents " - MUST BECOME LAW!!!!!

    07/17/2005 11:42:30 AM PDT · by gleckles · 6 replies · 190+ views
    17 July 2005 | Glenn L. Eckles, Jr.
    In Divorce proceedings involving children in the United States, law abiding and wholly-fit-to-parent Fathers are relegated to little more than "visitor" in 85% of those proceedings. This "marginalization" of the critical role of the Father has removed a critical developmental influence from the lives of our children - the negative impact upon the societal landscape of the United States is readily apparent to anyone that cares to open their eyes and honestly survey that landscape. Visitors are not in a position to impart core-values to their children. The children are then often required to acquire their values on the streets...
  • Sign the New Hampshire Protection of Parenting Equality Petition

    04/02/2005 6:07:13 PM PST · by nhman1 · 1 replies · 357+ views
    Please sign the New Hampshire petition for Protection of Parenting Equality. And please visit for an education on the problems in New Hampshire and across the country relating to how the family courts continue to sever the parent/child relationship after a no-fault divorce or separation and are thus creating huge numbers of NH and American children with only a single parent. Equal parenting rights require protections explicitly written into our states' child custody statutes, even though these same [parental] rights have been historically upheld as amongst the most sacred liberties protected by the constitution's 14th amendment equal protection clause....
  • 'These are Canada's children' (Judge Orders Girls Shipped Off To Gay Mom In UK!)

    03/14/2005 11:34:07 AM PST · by GMMAC · 32 replies · 1,233+ views
    The London Free Press (Canada) ^ | March 14, 2005 | PATRICK MALONEY
    'These are Canada's children' The international tug-of war over the three England girls stretches into today after a handover to their mother is again put off. LONDON FREE PRESS March 14, 2005 - Front Page PATRICK MALONEY, Free Press Reporter CHATHAM -- The trans-Atlantic tug-of-war over three Chatham girls has stretched improbably into today, offering their father a new chance to quash their court-ordered return to Britain. Leah, 10, Hannah, 7, and Nicola England, 5, are Canadian-born and have lived here all their lives, except during 2003-04 when their now-estranged parents were working in the United Kingdom. The girls say...
  • Epiphany of a Patriot

    03/06/2005 6:47:28 AM PST · by nhman1 · 79 replies · 1,870+ views
    One Disenfranchised and Disgusted Ex-Patriot | March 6th, 2005 | Marc Snider
    I used to be a patriot. I still remember driving to work in a surreal fog on the morning of 9/11, awash in the emotion and pain of my recent separation from my ex-wife, ex step-daughter, and daughter. I was aghast when I heard the radio broadcast relaying that a plane had hit the WTC, and then further shocked still when the second impact was reported. I would alternate between extreme sadness for the victims and rage toward the perpetrators in the days that followed those heinous events, though the pain I felt I was sharing with the American community...
  • Court: Man Can Sue Over Surprise Pregnancy

    02/24/2005 11:19:39 AM PST · by nypokerface · 230 replies · 4,949+ views
    AP ^ | 02/24/05
    CHICAGO - An appeals court said a man can press a claim for emotional distress after learning a former lover had used his sperm to have a baby. But he can't claim theft, the ruling said, because the sperm were hers to keep. The ruling Wednesday by the Illinois Appellate Court sends Dr. Richard O. Phillips' distress case back to trial court. Phillips accuses Dr. Sharon Irons of a "calculated, profound personal betrayal" after their affair six years ago, saying she secretly kept semen after they had oral sex, then used it to get pregnant. He said he didn't find...
  • Children Made Fatherless By Family Courts (Important!)

    01/18/2005 10:56:04 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 13 replies · 411+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | January 12, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    One impressive vote last November second has been overlooked by the media. By 85 to 15 percent, a ballot initiative in Massachusetts approved equal legal and physical custody of children whose parents are divorced. That ballot initiative is nonbinding, but it certainly is indicative of the will of the people and the growing recognition that children are best off under the care of both parents. The initiative came out of the grassroots with a massive signature-gathering effort during the summer. The proposition appeared on the ballot as follows: "Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in...
  • Man Surrenders After Making Blast Threat

    01/18/2005 7:07:45 PM PST · by Fido969 · 8 replies · 257+ views
    WTOP Wash DC radio ^ | 01/18/05 | AP
    Man Surrenders After Making Blast Threat Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005 - 9:21 PM WASHINGTON (AP) - A man upset over custody of his child threatened to blow up his van a block from the White House on Tuesday, prompting a 4 1/2-hour standoff with police, authorities said. The incident ended peacefully after police used a robot to deliver a telephone to the man and talked him into surrendering. Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry said that the man was taken into custody by the Metro Police Department at about 8 p.m. EST. Portions of several streets were closed during the...
  • Judge to hubby: Forget prenup, pay up

    12/30/2004 8:52:27 AM PST · by Radix · 306 replies · 4,494+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, December 30, 2004 | David Weber
    In a possibly precedent-setting case, the state Appeals Court has ruled that an ex-wife is entitled to alimony even though she signed a prenuptial agreement waiving it. Donna Austin was 37, and Craig Austin was 35 when they were married in May 1989, each for the second time. Two days before the wedding, Craig Austin presented Donna with a prenuptial agreement, which she signed, according to her attorney, Dana Curhan. The Appeals Court upheld the portion of the prenuptial that protected assets Craig Austin had acquired before the wedding. But it said Donna Austin's waiver of alimony was not reasonable...
  • The ayatollah & I

    12/28/2004 4:58:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies · 796+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-27-04 | SHARON SHENHAV
    'Muslim women don't have a problem with the fact that their husbands have a few other wives," declared the Iranian ayatollah with great conviction. Sitting across the conference table from him, in the magnificent 17th-century Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como in Italy, I disagreed. My conversations over the years with Muslim women colleagues had given me a quite different picture. "I would suggest that you don't really know how women feel since you're a man. I'm a woman, and I can tell you that women do not want to be one of several wives." While ordinarily this kind of challenge...
  • Holterman v. Holterman--Why be Married In New York?

    06/18/2004 5:19:17 PM PDT · by the bottle let me down · 9 replies · 233+ views
    Court Opinion ^ | June 10, 2004 | Judge Graffeo
    Here is the dissenting opinion's description of the effect of the court's order: My own calculations suggest that, assuming defendant's income does not much change (and again ignoring the attorneys' fee award) defendant is required to pay more than two-thirds of his after-tax income to plaintiff for the first four years; some sixty percent in the fifth year; about half of it in years six through ten; and nearly a third of it for five years after that. It is not until fifteen years after the award that defendant's obligations (at that point consisting only of maintenance) diminish to something...
  • California NOW Spits on My Wife

    03/15/2004 9:06:31 AM PST · by PercivalWalks · 12 replies · 308+ views
    My wife is a successful career woman. She has moved up rapidly in a competitive field, and is advancing her career by attending law school at night. I work out of our home and I do most of the child care. If I decide I don't want her anymore, should I be able to move our kids 2,400 miles away from their mother? The California National Organization for Women thinks I should. California NOW, the California Women's Law Center, and the dozens of other feminist organizations who recently argued the LaMusga move-away case in the California Supreme Court support granting...
  • Father (ex-Air Force Pilot) jailed for peaceful demonstration (Hillary)

    12/04/2003 5:41:42 PM PST · by Pikachu_Dad · 6 replies · 53+ views
    ANCPR Newsletter ^ | November 29, 2003 | John Murtari
    JOHN MURTARI PROTEST LANDS HIM IN JAIL Read the information below, including the letter. Fax a letter in support of John Murtari's quest to meet with Senator Clinton. Show these people that we are watching, our numbers are growing, and we are paying attention. Good People & People of Faith, The following letter was sent to Senator Clinton's Washington office via fax and Fed Ex. We'd like her to meet with parents whose families have been hurt due to Family Law. We encourage you to fax your personal message in support. The Washington fax number is: 202-228-0121. For full details...
  • Runaway parents face [legal] chase from children

    10/19/2003 8:18:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 125+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 18 October2003 | Lauren Martin
    Children will be able to take action against parents who avoid contact with them after divorce, under a plan raised yesterday by the chairman of the Family Law Council. The Government will consider the idea in its child custody inquiry, which must report by the end of the year on whether divorce proceedings should assume children will spend equal time with both parents. The head of the Attorney-General's advisory body on family law, Professor John Dewar, said there was significant scope "for giving children a voice in family law proceedings, including enabling them to bring their own proceedings". Professor Dewar,...
  • Family law/financial question

    06/10/2003 11:32:46 AM PDT · by Lasher · 6 replies · 201+ views
    I would just like to know if any FReepers out there could recommend any websites that dispense free legal advice regarding family law, and bankruptcy issues.
  • Sperm (and egg) donor conceived children search for biologic parents.

    12/14/2002 4:51:28 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 243+ views
    abc news ^ | 12-13-02 | Judy Muller
    Dec. 13 — Maggie Rousseau, who lives on a farm with her mother in Northern California, has just about everything a teenager could want — her own horses, lots of friends, and interest from some top universities. But when Maggie turns 18 in February, she will ask for something she has never had before — the identity of her sperm-donor father.
  • Would Someone put the "Family" Back in Family Law?

    11/29/2002 2:36:36 PM PST · by yobyddub · 12 replies · 261+ views
    The Ripoff ^ | Nov 12, 2002 | Mark A. Peterson
    The Hidden Hardship in Family Law By Mark A. Peterson CPA, Defendant What do Microsoft and the practice of Family Law have in common? Both are in industries that make a lot of money for attorneys feeding from their offal. Last year, over $8 billion was paid to attorneys who practice Family Law. Jilted spouses and abandoned plaintiffs will readily concede that they were worth every dime. Who can argue when the battle is joined in the interests of providing for the reasonable needs of the marital children? The conflict is often a titanic struggle. To the victor goes the...
  • ..'CRIMES of CUSTODY'.. Heroine ..IDELLE CLARKE.. on BOB DORNAN's Show - Friday

    08/01/2002 11:38:02 PM PDT · by ALOHA RONNIE · 12 replies · 322+ views
    United For Justice ^ | 8-2-2002 | ALOHA RONNIE
    NEVER FORGET On Friday, August 2, 2002 ..The BOB DORNAN National Talk Radio Show.. will be guesting K-CAL TV-9 News ..'CRIMES OF CUSTODY'.. Heroine ..IDELLE CLARKE.. who is fighting our nation's Family Law Court Judges' practice of ABDUCTING little girls from their Mothers over to their SeXually Abusing Fathers when the Child or the Mothers cry out "SeXual Abuse" about the Father in Child Custody Cases. ...The case of ..IDELLE CLARKE's.. own daughter is just such a Case and is the 1st to make it as far as the California State Appeals Court. ...IDELLE CLARKE.. will be discussing that Appeals...