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Blog Posts in September, 2015

  • Grandparents Fight for Custody in Utah

    The Supreme Court in Utah has ruled that grandparents who say the deserve to have visitation rights to their grandchildren have to present substantial evidence to show why visitation is necessary. The court ruled that unless grandparents can provide this proof, such as protecting the children from harm, they do not have a right to visitation. Another exception would be a grandparent or ...
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  • Vermont Cracks Down on Parents Abusing Drugs

    For over a year, Vermont has seen a spike in the number of children taken into the state’s child protective service system. Normally, the most common age group to be seen in state care is adolescents, but it has shifted to younger children. Deputy commissioner Cindy Walcott says this is a result of parents using drugs such as heroin around their young children. The Department of Children and ...
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  • Texas Issues Thousands Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on same-sex marriage has given way to a large volume of those couples asking to get married in the state of Texas. Texas estimates that it has seen about 2,500 same-sex couples obtain marriage licenses since June 26 this year. Tarrant County has seen an exceptional jump in numbers to 9% since the summer decision. Because the wording on the licenses no longer ...
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  • Texas Child Support in Purgatory

    Tonya Brian had been waiting on at least $3,000 of child support to be distributed to her since January of this year. The Texas Attorney General’s Office had her money, but would not give her a reason why they still hadn’t written her a check. This problem has become too common in Texas, with over $55 million that was not give to families in the third quarter of this year. When KVUE spoke to the ...
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  • Davis out of Jail but Not out of the Woods

    Davis out of Jail but Not out of the Woods After five days in jail, Kim Davis was released and went back to work at the Rowan County courthouse. The Kentucky clerk was jailed on September 3 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Though she was released from jail, she made the decision not to authorize any of the licenses upon her return. This may spark another legal battle, ...
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  • Tsimhoni Children with Father for 90 Days

    The Detroit Free Press reported that the Tsimhoni children who have been involved in a custody battle are now with their father. The three kids, ages 9, 11, and 14, will be with their father for 90 days without contact from their mother. They also went through a five-day therapy session designed to assist children going through custody and parental separation such as this matter. The case is ...
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  • Kentucky Clerk Denies Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses

    The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Kentucky County Clerk’s request for an emergency order to allow her to continue denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis, will be appealing a federal judge’s order that requires her to issue these licenses. Davis has not issued any same-sex licenses since the June decision from the U.S. Supreme Court granting marriage ...
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  • Abducted Girl Found Unharmed in L.A.

    At the end of August, a toddler was abducted by her father and driven out of Los Angeles, according to the Desert Sun. The two-year-old girl, Lanees Issa, was found with Louai Nayel Issa late on a Wednesday night in the Westlake neighborhood. The girl’s father was with Louai during a supervised visit when he pointed a gun at a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services worker ...
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  • Father Wins Custody of Daughter After 8 Years

    For eight years, Rob Manzanares has been fighting for custody to get his 7-year-old daughter, and he finally had a victory at the end of August. The father was asking for full custody of his daughter, and took the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Manzanares was in a relationship with a woman, and in 2007, she became pregnant with their child. The couple broke up and as Manzanares feared, the ...
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  • Kentuckians Pay for Governor's Opposition to Gay Marriage

    The state of Kentucky was left with a large legal bill after the case against same-sex marriage ended this year. The total cost for the state court is over $2 million, according to the Lexington Hearld-Leader. The Governor, Steve Beshear, said that he wanted the citizens of Kentucky to get a full understanding of how this law would affect them, but thinks the fees are too high. Beshear will argue ...
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  • Invasive Medical Exams Lead to Class-Action Suit

    The Polinsky Children’s Center in San Diego, CA is under fire after recent accusations that their examinations were too invasive. The county is facing these charges after several families came forward when their children were taken from their homes under suspicion of abuse or other false pretenses. The county says the exams were necessary to protect against diseases, and were seeing about 300 ...
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