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June 2013 Archives

Supreme Court rules against father in ICWA child custody case

A much-overlooked Supreme Court decision this week could impact the child custody rights of fathers and Native Americans in the United States. The justices held that a Native American man could not depend on the federal statute the Indian Child Welfare Act as a defense against the termination of his parental rights over his daughter after another couple adopted her.

Murdoch split shows complexities of high asset divorce

Last week, it was announced that billionaire Rupert Murdoch was filing for divorce from his third wife of 14 years, Wendi. Since then, the high-profile divorce has been a hot topic in the media. While some sources are predicting that the divorce will be highly-contested, others are guessing that the couple will settle the matter outside of the court system, perhaps though mediation.

Women support effort for equal custody arrangements

This Father's Day, a group called Leading Women for Shared Parenting is officially launching its efforts to make equally shared parenting rights a reality in the United States and Canada. But the group already has many members who are drawing attention to the issue, including congresswomen from both parties, lawyers, social workers, mothers, sisters, daughters and wives.

When pet custody matters get hairy

According to the 2010 Census, about 70 percent of households in the United States have a pet, and many of these households consider their pets to be members of the family. For that reason, things can get hairy when a divorce or separation occurs and the former couple has to decide who gets custody of the dog or cat.

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