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August 2012 Archives

Non-custodial mother transports 4 kids across state lines

Child custody cases get complicated when parents live in different states. Instances of children who are improperly taken by their non-custodial parent, sadly, are not uncommon. Transporting the children across state lines makes the matter even more difficult to resolve and returning the children to their custodial parent usually requires the involvement of the courts. A mother who recently took her four children without notification from their home in Georgia may be charged with custody interference. It has been reported that she took them across state lines to Texas in violation of the court ordered custody agreement.

Does the source of child support payments matter?

In Houston, Texas, non-custodial parents with criminal tendencies are not generally known for their dependability with child support payments. However, a Kansas resident and convicted ticket scammer seems to have made a relatively laudable choice in attempting to hide his ill-gotten gains. He pre-paid $100,000 worth of child support to his ex-wife, and the money seems to have been drawn indirectly from the proceeds of his criminal activity.The former assistant athletics director at the University of Kansas is serving time for stealing $359,000 worth of football and basketball tickets from the university and reselling them. He and other university employees took part in an illegal scheme that ultimately netted $2 million in income from the sale of pilfered tickets.

Minister on trial for international child kidnapping

A Mennonite pastor is on trial in Vermont for helping a woman leave the United States with her daughter in the midst of a child custody dispute. The Justice Department charged the pastor with violating the federal law that makes it unlawful for a person to aid in international child abduction. The allegations against the clergyman are that in 2009 he arranged transportation and lodging for the mother and her now 10-year old daughter from Virginia to Canada and, eventually, to Nicaragua by using his contacts among the Mennonites. The allegations against the pastor are that he knew that the mother was engaged in a dispute with her former partner over custody rights and visitation when he aided her in fleeing from the U.S.

Sports-mad dad works game watching into visitation deal

For decades, parents in Houston, Texas and all around the country have worked out visitation agreements that are tailored to their individual situations. One divorced dad in Illinois, however, has carved out a unique agreement that few people with years of experience in family law cases have ever come across.Under the conditions of his agreement, the children alternate parents for events such as birthdays and the mother has custody for several religious holidays. One of the man's annual requests was that he have his children with him for a few specific holidays: Memorial Day, St. Patrick's Day and Super Bowl Sunday.

Custody issues hover around the Michael Jackson family

With the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, many Texas readers were curious about who would care for the three children he left behind. Those children range in age from 10 to 15. After private interviews of the children were held by a judge, it was determined that Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson would have sole custody and responsibility for raising his three children.

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