Tag: Fatherhood


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Understanding the Tender Years Presumption in Custody Cases

For men, and more specifically fathers, divorce can feel like a moment in your life when you are no longer in control of important aspects of your life. You have someone telling you that a percentage of your income goes to the person who you are no longer with. You are told that your children are not to live with you and you can only...

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Horford Situation Reveals Evolution in Paternity Leave Opinion

Paternity leave is a fairly controversial topic that often finds itself put in the mainstream spotlight through athletics. Athletes will often miss games throughout the course of a season, due to the birth of a child, and while the players and the teams are often understanding and accommodating, not everyone surrounding the team shares in that gracious attitude. Recently, Boston Celtics center Al Horford missed...

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Divorce and Custody in a Social Media World

Divorce and Custody in a Social Media World

By Sarah J. Merry Cordell & Cordell Divorce Lawyer It is no secret that texts, tweets, emails and Facebook posts have drastically changed the way the world communicates. However, if you are anticipating a divorce or custody dispute in this text-happy world, it is important to slow down and remember that once you send that text you cannot get it back. Once you tweet or...

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Parental Kidnapping In America

Parental Kidnapping In America

As a specialist in cross-border child custody disputes who has provided expert testimony on parental kidnapping for 15 years, Mauren Dabbagh is not only well-versed professionally, but she also has a personal connection to the issue. Dabbagh’s daughter was abducted and taken to the Middle East by her ex-husband. She had no communication with her daughter for 17 years until they were reunited in 2010....

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Grandparents Rights To Visitation

It’s not uncommon for a grandparent’s access to their grandchildren to be thwarted by divorce and even family disputes. The issue of grandparents’ rights to visitation was recently heard by the Alabama Supreme Court in a case where the grandparents’ rights were declined even when the grandchild’s parents were still married. The married couple denied the grandparents’ access to the child on account of a...

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Japan: The “Black Hole” For Abducted Children

Japan: The “Black Hole” For Abducted Children

Japan is called “a black hole” where once abducted children enter, they never return. No one knows this painful reality better than Paul Toland, a left-behind parent whose daughter, Erika, was abducted to Japan in 2003 and has been held there since. Toland is a commander in the U.S. Navy, has testified before Congress (pictured) on this issue, and co-founded the organization Bring Abducted Children...

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Paternity Laws: Overcoming Putative Father Presumption

Paternity Laws Question: My wife and I are getting divorced. She is pregnant with another man’s baby and will probably have the baby before our divorce is final. What do I need to do to protect myself against having to pay child support for the child that is not biologically mine, but will likely be born while I am married to the child’s mother? Do...

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Filmmaker Examines Fathers Rights In America

Filmmaker Examines Fathers Rights In America

Nicholas Szabo is a filmmaker whose documentary “Father Figure” examines America’s problem with fathers rights. You can learn more about Szabo’s film and actually watch the full 99-minute movie by visiting the “Father Figure” website.



Denying Fathers Rights To Visitation

Fathers Rights Question: My wife and I are currently separated, but the divorce has not been finalized, and she is denying my visitation rights to my children. We have no child custody agreement and no child support agreement, however I have been paying her money for the past year. This past month I didn’t have money to pay her so she has denied me from...

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One Senator’s Efforts For Shared Parenting

All children need two parents in their lives even if their parents are divorced. This concept of the importance of shared parenting is not lost on Washington State Sen. Jim Kastama, who is known as the Washington Legislature’s leading advocate for shared parenting and recently announced he is running for Washington’s Secretary of State. He also was invited on stage at a Blue October concert...

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