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Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • State Department Ending Same-Sex Benefits

    In the next few years, some State Department employees will be seeing some changes. The U.S. Department of Justice says that it will be phasing out benefits to some same-sex couples. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June which legalized same-sex marriage, the department says it will now only grant benefits to married same-sex couples. The program which granted benefits to individuals in ...
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  • Woman Charged for Leaving Kids in Hot Car

    A woman was recently found guilty of child abuse by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office when she left her two children in a car this August. The mother, 30 years old, went inside a store while her 9-month-old and a 23-month-old remained in her vehicle. The mother lives in Mesa, Arizona, and said she was running a quick errand at a party supply store during this time frame. After some ...
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  • Arizona Argues Tribe Rights

    In Phoenix, the Indian Child Welfare Act was up for debate in court as to its necessity after being in existence for 37 years. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and child services established this law in order to give preference to the Indian child’s family when being placed for adoption. When Congress ruled on this decision several years ago, they agreed that “there was no resource more vital to the ...
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  • Child Support is Signed, Sealed, and Delivered from Singer

    A father will begin paying $25,000 each month to his ex-wife after their nine-year marriage came to an end. Under normal circumstances, such a high number would be quite shocking, but not when the father’s name is Stevie Wonder. The famous singer got divorced from his second wife in 2009 and had two children together. In total, Wonder has nine children from previous relationships. He became a ...
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  • Utah Woman and Son Missing

    A 29-year-old mother and her infant son have been missing since October 5. Morgan Green took her son, Greyson, and have not returned to their home in Layton, police say. Green has had a history of drug problems, and recently did not cooperate with court orders in her custody hearing. She has warrants for endangerment of a child and felony drug possession. Her son is 18-months old, and may be seen ...
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  • YMCA Helps Fathers Patch Relationships with Children

    Fathers in Des Moines have been given the opportunity to reconnect with their kids and work on custody issues that arise when they become separated from their children. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines’ Fatherhood Initiative began this year with the intention to work with dads who need this support. It’s a 12-week-long class comprised of group discussions led by a pastor. The groups learn how to ...
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  • Michigan Sheriff's Office Collect Millions in Child Support reported that there was a widespread effort to collect child support payments in Michigan. Macomb County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sweep targeting those with outstanding warrants due to these delinquent payments and other Friend of the Court infractions. After the week-long sweep, 81 arrests were made and 37 people surrendered, combining to a total of $2.85 million in collections. The ...
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  • Same-Sex Texas Couple Asks for Common Law Marriage

    A couple in Arlington, Texas decided they wanted to ask the court to grant them a common law marriage license after living together for over 20 years. Normally, this request wouldn’t be a problem, but there is one detail about the couple that raised a few questions during this request: Jim Fritsch and Bill Parker are two men asking for a same-sex marriage license. Though the court said they could ...
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  • Louisiana Woman Found Guilty of Child Endangerment

    Baton Rouge mother Leticia Brothers is under investigation after authorities discovered her children and their living conditions. All nine siblings were living in meager conditions with no beds, little food and extremely close quarters. One of the children told officers that she got a welt on her head after Brothers pushed her into an object and pulled her hair. The mother said she was in the ...
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