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Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Oklahoma Fathers' Rights & Divorce Law Blog

Daughter of 'Teen Mom' star living with dad

'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood is facing domestic violence and battery charges, and is no longer living with her daughter, two-year-old daughter Leah.

According to an All Headline News report, Portwood and her ex-fiancé Gary Shirley appeared at a closed hearing on Tuesday in regards to the placement of the couple's child. At this point, neither parent has been officially awarded child custody as Leah has been declared a ward of the state, which means a judge, will determine the girl's guardianship, and appoints a government agency to look over her affairs.

Father reunited with son after international custody battle

After 15 months of trying to get his son back from his estranged wife, a Montana man is being recognized as the first person ever to get his child back from the Bahamas using the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

But for the 30-year-old father, all he hopes is that other parents don't have to go through what he did in order to get back his child custody rights.

Lamar Odom suing ex for visitation rights

Basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom is suing his ex-girlfriend for visitation rights of his two kids.

According to an article in the New York Post, Odom, who plays for the LA Lakers and is married to Khloe Kardashian, wants a judge to set a "parental access schedule," and also set a "reasonable" amount of child support for his two children, L.J., 9, and Destiny, 12.

Being a peacemaker versus a warmaker

A recent article suggests that the way for dads to have positive results in their custody cases is to be seen as a peacemaker versus a warmaker in the courtroom.  "A peacemaker does not cause disruptions.  A peacemaker is not inflammatory.  A peacemaker doesn't engage in name calling." 

This is the exact opposite of what a lot of fathers believe based on misinformation often disseminated to them.

U.S. citizenship law touches on fathers' rights

The Supreme Court is looking at a citizenship law that varies based on a person's gender.

On Nov. 10 the justices on the court heard arguments to both sides of an issue that one federal defender is saying promotes gender stereotypes and treats a mothers rights differently than a father's rights.

Social media a factor in many divorces

More and more couples are blaming texting and social media sites for infidelity leading to divorce.

In a recent NPR article, "Can Social Media Break Up A Marriage?," a sociologist and marriage therapist said yes, social media and texting can lead to connecting with new and old flings, which can lead to divorce.

Advice for putting the kids first in divorce

Divorce and co-parenting can often be hard on children. If both mom and dad are always at each other's throats, a child can feel stuck in the middle and even criticized for loving both parents.

But, on a bright note, Dr. Christine Costello, who is a clinical psychologist, recently said she's seeing more and more divorced parents working together when going through a divorce, therefore, saving a lot of heartache for the couple's children.

A recent Baltimore Sun article looked at how parents can go through a divorce and child custody in a way that will help the children.

NBA player fighting for custody of two boys

NBA player Dwyane Wade, who plays for the Miami Heat, is taking a vow to not give up, only he's not referring to basketball. Rather he's talking about his ongoing custody battle.

Wade, who's made headlines during his free-agency decision a few months ago, has also been making headlines as he and his ex-wife and former high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches. The two have been going through a brutal divorce and bitter child custody battle since 2007. Wade wants full custody of both the couple's children.

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