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Missouri father fights to get daughter back from Costa Rica

A Missouri father has been fighting to get his 2-year-old daughter back since 2009 when the girl's mother abducted the little girl and moved to Costa Rica. And even though both the Missouri courts and Costa Rican courts have ruled in favor of the father having child custody, the little girl is yet to be returned home.

The story highlights what must be every father's worst nightmare: to have their child abducted and taken to another country, and then having to spend years trying to get her back home.

Failing to pay child support can equal jail time

Failing to pay court-ordered child support is a serious offense and one that most judges don't take to kindly too.

Recently one man was even sentenced to serve 270 days in prison, and five years of probation, for owing more than $55,000 in child support. At this point he's already served 113 of those prison days, and has been credited for them.

Kirk Stange to speak at NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar on March 11, 2011

Kirk Stange is to speak to attorneys, paralegals, guardians ad litems, social workers and counselor at the National Business Institute's Advanced Family Seminar.  The seminar will be on Friday, March 11, 2011, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton.  Mr. Stange will be speaking about Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes, Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues and Special Issues in Military Divorce.  

Father wants custody of daughter who lives in Missouri

Even though a father used all proper channels when he moved his daughter from Missouri to Iowa, he is still not being awarded full custody.

The child custody case goes back to November when the 24-year-old father was contacted by the mother of his 2-year-old and told to come pick up his daughter and that the little girl could live with him. At the time that he picked up the girl, he was even provided with a note from the mother of the child that stated that she was voluntarily having the 2-year-old live with the father.

Divorce can be healthy for kids with co-parenting

Sometimes marriages just don't last and end up in divorce. And while those times can be stressful on everyone, it is important to stay level headed around children and to not use children as a weapon against an ex spouse.

If at all possible, co-parenting is a great option for raising children after a divorce. With co-parenting, each parent has an active role and is for the most part in agreement on how to raise the children.

Missouri man never gave up in six year custody battle

Six years ago - when supposedly suffering from undiagnosed postpartum depression - a mother signed away parental rights of her 3-month old son to another couple, without ever even first consulting with the child's biological father. Since then the Missouri father has been fighting for custody.

The case stems back to 2004 when the child was born. At the time, the Missouri man did not put his name on the birth certificate, choosing to wait until a paternity test could confirm that the boy was indeed his.

Grandparents fight for right to see their deceased son's child

A 4th District Appellate Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to allow a set of grandparents to be able to have their grandchild stay with them every other weekend. However, the battle is not over for these grandparents as now they have to wait and see what happens with the four contempt of court petitions they filed since the mother and child have now moved out-of-state.

The entire child visitation ordeal stems back to November of 2008 when the father was shot and killed by his estranged wife's grandmother. In that case, the now 75-year-old grandmother is serving a 70 year sentence for the murder.

Two states propose marriage counseling pre-divorce bills

Right now two states are looking at creating a law to make counseling mandatory for couples who are seeking a divorce.

As of now, Nebraskan judges can attempt to order marriage counseling before a divorce, but only if both people agree to it. But, if bill LB408 is passed, in cases where one person wants to save the marriage, a judge would be able to mandate the two to counseling.

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