Child Custody Archives

Does a sperm donor have parental rights?

According to documents filed in family court, actor Jason Patric is seeking a joint custody arrangement of his son with his long-term but now, ex-girlfriend. An element which makes the actor's child custody request complicated is that he agreed to be a sperm donor for his ex-girlfriend after they broke up. Their sperm donor arrangement was that his ex-girlfriend would keep the artificial insemination a secret and not seek child support from the actor. A child was conceived in 2009.

Rapper Kid Cudi gives up on obtaining primary custody of daughter

A child is the apple of her parent's eye. But when parents fail to see eye-to-eye during a divorce, separation or break-up, the child may suffer as parents become embroiled in a bitter child custody battle.

Millions of dollars owed in unpaid child support

In a divorce, separation or split-up with children, the custodial parent is entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent. Child support guidelines vary from state to state. Despite the law and guidelines, non-payment or underpayment of child support is on the rise. The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement estimated that nationwide more than $100 billion is owed to custodial parents and recent U.S. Census Bureau data reports that only 40 percent of custodial parents actually receive all the child support monies they are due.

Who should get primary child custody: birth mother or egg donor?

In a family law case, the first visual that comes to mind is parents, typically the father and mother, of a child, or children, fighting over child custody and parenting time issues. But, what about child custody issues between a gay or lesbian couple who have developed irreconcilable issues?

Grandparents fight for visitation rights

It is important for the emotional and intellectual growth of children to know, associate and have contact with their grandparents. During and potentially after a divorce, contact with grandparents may be limited or completely cut off. Ever since the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state law which allowed grandparents' visitation if it would be in the best interest of the child, it has been more difficult to argue in favor of it.

Do grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren?

Families grow through marriage. Newlyweds welcome each other's families into their lives. When children come into the picture, family dynamics may increase and grandparents may play an active role in the care of their grandchildren and upbringing. Potentially they may provide free or affordable childcare when needed, pay for their education, extra-curricular activities and more. But, when a marriage with children ends in divorce with potentially long and bitter child custody and visitation issues, what happens to a grandparent's rights to see his or her grandchildren?

Child-focused divorce helps reduce relationship conflict

Divorced or divorcing parents with children are faced with the daunting task of keeping up with and fostering a healthy relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent. Child custody issues can be a point of friction between parents till the child emancipates.

Option of mediation for parents to resolve visitation disputes

When parents divorce with children in the picture it is not easy. Emotions run high, one or both parents may feel slighted with parenting schedules and visitation plans which limit access and contact with their children. They may find the schedules inequitable and unfair and these feeling may culminate into a visitation dispute.

MTV star leaves Florida with twins due to domestic violence

Many reality television shows depict the ongoing struggles parents face. These include child custody and visitation rights issues. The unfortunate reality for some of the young parents on this show is their disputes may be exasperated by allegations of domestic violence. Depending on the history and severity of the allegations, the amount of time parents spends with their children can be reduced or completely taken away.

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