California readers may be interested in a fathers' rights debate that is going on in one state where legislation is pending that proposes reforms more favorable to dads. There, when a child is born out of wedlock, a father may soon find that his rights to child custody has increased. This would occur if a new law being proposed is actually enacted into law.
The primary caregiver of a child is most often the one to whom child custody is awarded in divorce and separation matters. California residents who have gone through a divorce know that the custody decision can be one of the most difficult in a case. However, as one recent story shows, child custody matters can arise outside of divorce as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.