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Should child custody and visitation laws be more stringent?

A terrible tragedy occurred this week that some California residents may have heard about. A man burned down his home while he and his two children were inside, and all three were killed. The father carried out this tragic act during his visitation time with his children. While this situation is of course very rare, it has prompted some to question the current laws surrounding child custody in this country.

California parent without legal custody may have kidnapped child

Officials in California have been alerted to the disappearance of a young girl who was taken from her school on Jan. 23. The 11-year-old girl is thought to have been kidnapped by her mother, who does not have custody of the child. The father of the girl, who has legal custody, has told police that the mother is likely returning to the Sacramento area with the child. Sacramento officials are on the lookout for the child.

Kobe Bryant facing divorce; reports say there was no prenup

In 2003, people in California and across the country wondered whether basketball star Kobe Bryant's marriage was on the brink of ending. A 19-year-old woman accused him of sexual assault. While Bryant admitted to committing adultery, he insisted it was consensual. Throughout the scandal, Bryant's wife, Vanessa, stood by him, saying the pair would work out their marital problems together.

Divorce settlement near for Kelsey Grammer

Television superstar Kelsey Grammer, best known for playing the character Fraiser Crane on a pair of NBC sitcoms, has moved from California to New York and is close to reaching an amiable divorce settlement with his now ex-wife. The divorce settlement, which should be finalized shortly, should end what has been a contentious breakup. Although the dispute at times featured a lot of ugly accusations, both sides are said to think their current agreement is fair.

Man kills child and himself in custody dispute

There is perhaps nothing as frightening as being in an abusive relationship. Though someone may want to get out, they often don't know how, fearing for their own or their children's safety. Often the situation is left to fester too long, and sometimes the results are tragic. In matters of child custody in California, the well being of the children and their right to be free from fear of injury is paramount. No one should be made to suffer in a relationship built on fear.

Actor's wife files for divorce

California movie fans may be familiar with actor James Marsden from his roles in the "X-Men" movies and the movie-musical "Hairspray." He is also the voice of Fred in the animated motion picture "Hop." Now the actor is gaining attention for his divorce. Marsden's wife, Lisa Linde, cited irreconcilable differences in her Sept. 23 divorce filing. The couple has been married for 11 years and has two children together.

'Teen Mom' star in child custody battle

When the parents of a minor child split up and custody is at stake, it is most often the father and his counsel who play defense while the mother and her lawyer play offense. This makes sense considering custody is more often awarded to the mother. But in a developing child custody battle in California, these roles have been reversed. As the couple works to hash out a custody agreement, the father's counsel told 'Star' magazine he thinks the child will go to the father. He said he thinks the child's mother would not be awarded custody because she would find it difficult "to maintain a clean track record." The father's lawyer added he and his client want the child's mother to have a lot of visitation.

Charlie Sheen faces wage garnishment for child support

Courts typically determine child support payments by utilizing income records. For individuals who neglect to pay child support, courts are authorized to order wage garnishment. Recently, Charlie Sheen learned that a Los Angeles California Superior Court judge had ordered his former employers to garnish $55,000 per month from his paychecks.

Mel Gibson's custody lawyers not removed from case

Child custody is often one of the most difficult issues to resolve when a couple ends their relationship. While both parents want what is best for their children, they sometimes disagree and struggle to come to an agreement over their child custody arrangements.

Child custody violation results in search for missing girl

Child custody battles can be difficult for both parents and children. But once the courts have established a custody arrangement, both parents are expected to adhere to it. However, there are instances in which parents take matters into their own hands and do not follow the rules of their custody agreement. California police have begun a search for a missing 3-year-old girl and her father after he missed a court-ordered handover of the child.

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