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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we reported in July, a Washington D.C. lawyer has sued basketball superstar LeBron James and his mother for unspecified millions of dollars in damages, claiming that the pair has conspired for years to deny his paternity of LeBron. He persists in his paternity claim despite a DNA test that demonstrated he is not LeBron James's father.
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.
Washington, D.C. lawyer Leicester Bryce Stovell says he is LeBron James's biological father, claims that James and his mother have conspired to cover it up, and has filed a $4 million paternity and fathers' rights lawsuit to prove it.
Last year, Georgia passed a new law allowing men to ask the courts to set aside a previous determination of paternity if they receive new evidence that they are not the father of the child. The new evidence could be a negative paternity test performed years after the child's birth. When it comes to protecting fathers' rights, however, the law does have a couple of catches.