During the 2008 presidential campaign, people throughout the country heard about Bristol Palin's son, Tripp. Since then, Palin's relationship with Tripp's father, Levi Johnston, has been the subject of gossip and news stories from Alaska to Florida. The couple is not married and recently fought a child custody battle in the courts.
An extremely unusual child support lawsuit is coming up for trial in California. Two grown children of billionaire land developer Donald Bren are suing him for $400,000 per month in back child support. Each. For fourteen years.
With the Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston child custody agreement freshly in the news, child advocates and fathers' rights groups have taken the opportunity to discuss the impact of shared parenting arrangements on children. A recent article from eMaxHealth, an independent health news organization, discussed some of the science about the topic.
Here is another example of the sort of drama we all hope to avoid in our personal lives and in the practice of family law. According to news reports, a man from Chicago recently jumped from a third-storey window to avoid paying $5,979.66 in child support.
After harsh criticism regarding a growing number of unresolved parental abduction cases in Japan, the Japanese government has announced that it will sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as early as next year. Child advocates, parent and fathers' rights groups and the U.S. State Department are among those hailing the decision.
If you're considering divorce, you probably already know there are a lot of financial decisions to be made. You may need to decide whether one spouse will continue to live in the family home, or whether you should try to sell it. Especially in a high-asset divorce, you probably have a web of personal and marital assets such as retirement plans, insurance, separate and/or joint checking and savings accounts, vacation properties, and other property. You may have shared debts to figure out.
Facing unprecedented levels of unpaid child support, many states are seeking new methods for improving child support collection. Several states, for example, are going after casino winnings as a source of income from which to collect.
Luckily, most divorcing couples don't face a fraction of the mayhem involved in a recent case reported by the Associated Press. While the dispute between John and Lynn France -- involving allegations of adultery, bigamy and parental kidnapping -- is in no way common, it does serve to illustrate some growing issues in divorce.
On February 15, R&B singer Christina Milian and her husband signed a divorce settlement agreement. On February 26, she gave birth to their daughter. On July 16, Milian filed papers on Fulton County family court to have the divorce settlement agreement she signed thrown out. Essentially, Milian claims that she was emotionally coerced into to signing the agreement "only a few days before she delivered the parties' child."