Texas family courts encourage the continuation of strong parent-child ties when parents separate or divorce. Some parents, harboring hard feelings toward an ex, find child custody or visitation arrangements difficult to support. Most parents resolve issues over parenting arrangements with or without the court's help -- some parents take the child and flee.
Alpine skier Bode Miller made history by being the oldest person to win an Olympic medal after his third place finish in the men’s Super-G competition. He told reporters that he didn’t have the run he was hoping for (which ostensibly would have won the competition) but it was good enough. Miller’s emotions boiled over during a post-race interview with NBC when he mentioned how he was thinking about his brother, who passed away last year after suffering a seizure.
The paternity and custody saga between skier Bode Miller and his former girlfriend Sara McKenna has garnered headlines. The dispute has included public insults and disagreement on even the child’s name. However, the temporary custody and parenting time agreement the parties reached has the potential to end the nearly year-long legal battle.
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.