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Wisconsin man disobeys child custody arrangement

Child custody disputes are an unfortunate side effect of divorce proceedings. As much as both parents would like to maintain primary physical custody of their children, this simply cannot be the case. While the courts and legal counselors do everything in their power to make sure that child custody hearings are fair, and that primary custody is granted to the right parent, the outcome is not always ideal for all concerned parties. However, it’s important that non-custodial parents honor the court’s decision in these cases.

A Wisconsin man has been taken into police custody after he allegedly absconded with his 3-month-old son. The child’s mother reported the infant boy missing in the early morning and informed the police that she did not expect that the child was in danger. Eventually, the boy’s father was apprehended in Michigan in the early afternoon after having driven through several states. The father reportedly did not resist arrest. He was to be extradited to Wisconsin. Police said the child was unharmed.

Grandparents' rights are a luxury afforded to Wisconsin residents

A special relationship exists between children and their grandparents. Grandparents can offer children the love and comfort of parents without the same necessary authoritativeness that comes from actively raising the child. While all children should have grandparents involved in their lives, some unfortunately, do not.

Wisconsin residents may be interested in a situation in Florida involving a grandparents’ rights bill. The circumstance concerns three children’s mother, who went missing in 2011, and grandparents who want visitation. The missing woman’s husband took the three children and moved to Tennessee. The parents of the missing mother have not seen their grandchildren for more than two years, and the children’s father reportedly has made no effort to accommodate the grandparents’ desire for visitation.

State seeks child support from sperm donor

Wisconsin residents who have children understand that children require a substantial amount of financial support. One factor that contributes to the upbringing of a child is child support: how much each parent is involved in the child’s life financially. While it’s usually important for children to have both parents actively involved in their lives, it’s also important that the child’s custodial parent is financially secure enough to provide adequate care.

A case in Kansas involving a sperm donor fighting the state’s request for a paternity test should be of great interest to Wisconsin residents. The man signed a contract with a lesbian couple to donate sperm; the contract stated he would be relieved of parental rights and responsibilities. However, he allegedly did not follow proper procedure, and the state now requests that he take a paternity test to prove if he is the child’s father, which could make him responsible for future child support, as well as about $6,000 in state-provided public assistance.

Divorce settlements could cause problems if handled poorly

Divorce and the legal fallout that follows should not be taken lightly. A divorce agreement is a legally binding contract, and any attempt to disregard or alter the agreement once it has been agreed upon will require additional legal action. This means that if you agree to pay for half of your child’s college education in a divorce settlement, you should be prepared to make good on that when the time comes.

A recent divorce case dealt with this precise problem when a man agreed in the divorce settlement that he would pay for 50 percent of his daughter’s graduate or other post-college education. However, after discovering that Cornell Law School, where his daughter was accepted, had a yearly cost of almost $75,000, the man refused to pay. He cited financial difficulties, estrangement with his daughter and the belief that his ex-wife had received inheritance that was intended to be used for the child’s tuition.

Could Utah bill affect Wisconsin child custody cases?

Child custody is one of the most important aspects of divorces that happen in Wisconsin and the rest of the country for that matter. It cannot only affect the lives of the parents fighting for custody of the child, but it may also affect the entire life and development cycle of the child in question. While everyone wants what’s best for the child, the opinion of what is best for the child often becomes the biggest point of contention.

Many different factors enter in a Wisconsin court’s decision in a child custody battle, including the wishes of the child, the amount and quality of time that each parent has spent with the child in the past, and the adjustments a child will have to make in school or community. These are just some of the many different facets of a custody battle, and a new bill that just passed the Senate in Utah may eventually add yet another consideration to legislative agendas in other states, including Wisconsin.

US divorce rate increases as the economy normalizes

When a Minnesota couple decides to get divorced, it can often be a liberating chance to embrace fresh beginnings and new opportunities. For many couples stuck in stale or unhealthy relationships, now, it seems, may be the time to part ways.

A professor from Milwaukee's Marquette University has added his research to the growing body of studies that show that as the U.S. economy improves, the divorce rate increases. This Federal Reserve Bank adviser says an increase in housing prices encourages people to stop postponing inevitable marriage dissolution.

Grandparents: Custody bid to keep child from being sent to Mexico

Family law can be complex, and child custody cases are not always as simple as deciding which biological parent should care for the child. Sometimes concerned grandparents petition for custody themselves if they believe neither parent to be fit for the job.

One couple in the U.S. is facing this situation while their 6-year-old granddaughter's future lies in the balance. The case is complicated by the fact that the child's father resides in his home country of Mexico, and authorities appear to believe that sending the child to live with him is the best option.

Lawmakers agree, equality in child custody best for all

A father has spent several years trying to get more custody time with his son. After a divorce in 2006, he was awarded child custody rights that allotted him three hours a week with his son, who is now 8 years old. The father has been attempting to reverse the original decree ever since.

Without a doubt, a decision limiting the influence of one parent can completely shape how a child will grow and develop. Child support, family law issues, alimony and spousal support can also throw more complications into the mix. The best interest of the child must always be the primary focus.

Victim of incest fights to diminish offender's custody rights

The mother of a child born from incest is fighting to keep the offender, her uncle, away from her child. In addition to limiting his child visitation rights, she is also trying to have the man labeled as a sex offender.

The 28-year-old mother, who gave birth to her daughter at the age of 17, is concerned that her uncle will perpetrate the same sex crime on her child if allowed custody. The uncle said his niece had consensual sex with him, and he did not rape her. He is looking to share joint custody of the child with the mother. He says that he is guilty of incest, but not rape.

Despite sperm donor's objections, he'll have to pay child support

In an unorthodox case involving a sperm donor and a lesbian couple, the donor was ordered to pay child support for the child that came about from his involvement. He was deemed to be more than a sperm donor by a judge because the process of artificial insemination was not by done a licensed physician. Instead, the couple performed the procedure on their own -- contrary to a state law passed 20 years ago.

The case was filed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families because they wanted the donor to be deemed the father of their child, who was born in 2009. The desire for the donor to be declared the father stems from the expectations that he can then take care of assistance that the state provided in the amount of around $6,000. He will also be responsible for all child support that is due in the future. This is in spite of the fact that the man had no personal relationship with the couple, either prior to the incident or since. However, the court ruled that the man’s obligation is not to the couple raising the child, but the child itself.

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