The state house of representatives in South Dakota have passed bill that will require divorce court judges to start from the assumption that physical custody will be shared equally between mothers and fathers. While the shared custody bill still has to make it through the state senate and be signed by the governor, fathers' rights groups are lauding the bill's passage in the state house. Proponents say it will help bring South Dakota into line with family law in other states and give fathers greater access to their children.
While the issues that bring relationships to a close may be eternal, the process of getting a divorce does change, somewhat, over time. Fundamental changes to divorce law are rare, but we do see changes in the process of how the parties come to resolve the fundamental issues of divorce and post-divorce parenting.
As we reported on October 15, a Democratic activist filed a motion to unseal the 2001 divorce records of Austin Scott, a Republican who was campaigning to unseat four-term incumbent U.S. Representative Jim Marshall of Georgia's eighth district in south-central Georgia. Tift County judge Bill Reinhardt delayed a hearing on whether to unseal the records until after the election. Scott won the election.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, the father of her daughter, appear to have ended their child custody dispute. Celebrity gossip website RadarOnline reports that Aubry filed a motion yesterday to withdraw his fathers' rights lawsuit against Berry and dismiss his request for child support.
Maintaining privacy is a particular challenge in high-profile divorce cases involving celebrities and public figures. Keeping media attention to a minimum and guarding the client's private information, such as the contents of the divorce agreement should always be high-priority. Unfortunately for Charlie Sheen, his recent divorce has been an ongoing hot topic in the media, and details from his divorce agreement have been divulged to the press.
In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed a recent article by a New York family mediator calling attention to the acrimonious child custody dispute between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, the father of her two-year-old daughter. Many people have been surprised by the acrimony of that dispute, which has included allegations of poor parenting by both sides and which forced Berry into abandoning her latest film project so she could devote all her energies to the litigation.
Many people have been shocked by the acrimony in the recent child custody dispute between Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Canadian model and restaurateur Gabriel Aubry. The pair share a two-year-old daughter. Berry has made veiled accusations that the child is not safe in the care of her father, while Aubry has indicated that Berry is a part-time parent.
It can be difficult to determine exactly what serves as the impetus for a particular couple to decide on divorce. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal looked at one particularly interesting factor that can drive couples apart and, over time, can lead to separation or divorce: extreme exercise.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is becoming increasingly embroiled in an acrimonious child custody dispute with her ex-boyfriend, Canadian model and restaurateur Gabriel Aubry, the father of the couple's two-year-old daughter.