The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case today with important implications for fathers' rights and for gender equity under the law generally. In the case of Flores-Villar v. United States, the court will consider whether, in cases where a child is born abroad to unmarried parents, it is constitutional for the U.S. to have tougher citizenship standards when the father is a U.S. citizen than when the citizen is the mother.
The divorce of Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods was finalized by a Florida court on August 23, 2010, but details of the high-asset divorce settlement were just released by the website RadarOnline.com. Nordegren apparently received $110 million in the settlement agreement and the couple agreed to a shared parenting plan for their two children.
An international divorce and child custody dispute involving a former UGA professor was heard last week by the Georgia Supreme Court. The case involves former Italian professor Silvia Larese and her divorcing husband Robert Bellew, who is currently a graduate student at UGA. The main question in the case is whether their divorce case should be decided by a court in Italy or in Georgia.
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.
The Unites States Supreme Court recently delivered an interesting opinion dealing with issues of child custody and international law. The main issue to be addressed by the court was the precise meaning of "ne exeat" clauses in child custody orders.
Child custody will be a central issue in the upcoming divorce of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren. The couple plans to share custody.