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Mother faces ten felony charges for unpaid child support

A mother is facing ten felony charges for failure to pay child support. At this point she owes more than $50,000, and if convicted on all ten of the charges she could face more than 23 years in prison.

The 33-year-old mother owes all of the child support for one child that she gave birth to in 1999. And while she owes money for different sporadic time periods since her divorce, the longest stretch of time is from September of 2006 to December of 2010 when she did not make a single payment.

Grandparents are one step closer to visitation with grandchild

In February this blog covered a case about a child visitation court battle between a set of grandparents and the mother of a 3-year-old girl. At that time the paternal grandparents of the child had been awarded every other weekend visits with the girl, however, the mother had broken the court-ordered agreement and moved with the child out of state.

On March 1 the mother was due in court to explain why she shouldn't be held in contempt of court for breaking the grandparent visitation agreement. However, she did not show up, and last week she was arrested and is now awaiting extradition back to the state where the grandparents live, which is also the same state where the court-ordered agreement was made.

Cohabitating couples face tricky situations in breakups

Nowadays more and more couples are choosing to live together, buy a house and have children together, but are not making the choice to get married. So in situations where these couples break up, both exes find themselves having to file separate lawsuits to do things like divide up a home, but then another lawsuit to figure out child support, child custody and visitation.

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, about 50 percent of divorce lawyers have seen some sort of increase in recent years in the number of people going to court to fight over issues related to children and finances. And, the number of people who are cohabitating has also been rising, with the latest census report claiming that 7.5 million men and women are now living together, compared to just 2.8 million in 1996.

Dwyane Wade wins sole custody of two children

After an almost five-month long custody battle, Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade has been awarded sole custody of his two children, ages 3 and 9. The children are now living in their father's home.

During the drawn out child custody battle between the NBA player and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade, each parent accused the other of being an unfit parent, but in the end, the courts sided with the children's father.

Stange Law Firm wins reversal of spousal maintenance award in the Court of Appeals

Stange Law Firm won an important decisions today in reversing a maintenance (alimony) award entered in the St. Charles County Circuit Court against a father.  The Court of Appeals agreed that the decision of the trial court was in error as to maintenance (alimony) and should be reversed and remanded. The Court of Appeals also found that the trial court "erred" in conducting an inquiry into father's religious beliefs.  

Japan still ranks high for international abductions

The Hague Convention on the Prevention of Child Abduction has been put into action by 84 countries in an effort to encourage the safe return of children who have been abducted and taken into other countries. And while many counties are in full agreement that a parent should not be able to just take their child away from another parent and live in another country, Japan is yet to agree and sign the Hague Convention.

One heartbreaking story is that of a father who has not seen his children since August of 2009 when his ex-wife broke their child custody agreement and took off to Japan. And, despite the fact that the mother had a U.S. warrant for her arrest, had violated U.S. court orders and did not have full custody of the children, the father was still arrested after he traveled to Japan to try and retrieve his children. The father spent 18 days in jail before he was sent back to the United States, and has not been able to see his 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter since.

Virtual visitation gaining some support among parents

Technology impacts all of our lives, and looking to the future, more and more parents who are no longer together may start to see virtual visitation mandated in their custody and visitation agreements.

Through the use of Skype conference software, many parents who don't have their children living with them can be able to quickly talk to and see their children online with real time video chats. And while sources claim these visits are not anywhere as important as seeing a child in person, they can greatly help strengthen bonds - especially when one parent has decided to move out-of-state with a child; or a parent is actively overseas in the military.

Some husbands feel trapped in unhappy marriages by the recession

The correlation between financial trouble and marital problems is well known, but a surprising aspect of the recession is that troubled economic times can delay couples from divorcing as well. Divorce mediator Rosyln Zinner writes in a recent Huffington Post article that many unhappy couples feel trapped by the recession because they cannot afford to live on their own.

Economic entrapment occurs because some couples do not make enough income for both spouses to live separately. Credit card bills, child costs, mortgage payments, and other bills can prevent these couples from divorcing.

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