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January 2013 Archives

Child custody matter goes to U.S. Supreme Court

A child custody matter will soon be heard in oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court. This is all a part of an appeal of a couple ordered to turn over a 2-year old girl they had raised from birth to her biological father that also happens to be an American Indian.

Children with disabilities require the presence of their parents

"Many children entering nursing facilities in the state are unnecessarily separated from their families and communities for years." This was according to the Assistant Attorney General for Florida. This official felt that support and services could do a better job of allowing for these children to remain at home with their families.

Foster children and the holiday season

Approximately 1,200 children in Florida's foster care system had their adoptions finalized over the holiday season. About another 1,200 foster children were at least able to visit relatives throughout the state. This was all part of what was called the "Home for the Holidays" initiative.

The biological father and needs of the child

In a story that has gained national attention, one particular state has become involved in a child support matter where the biological father happens to have been a sperm donor for a lesbian couple. However, because the father did not donate the sperm by going to a state certified clinic or doctor as was required by that state's laws, that state has now turned around and sued him for $6,000 that the child's biological mother received through public assistance.

Military service and child custody considerations

Rulings regarding child custody matters may vary, but courts will always try to keep in mind what is best for the children. However, one woman's decision to join the Air National Guard may have prevented her from gaining custody of her children after divorcing from her husband.

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