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Woman Denied Child Custody, Visitation After Same-Sex Divorce

Judge rules Michelle Conover was '3rd party,' not a 2nd parent, to 5-year-old

(Newser) - A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child whom the woman's former partner gave birth to before the couple married. The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling by... More »

Teen Girl's Rapist Fights for Visitation With Their Kid

Victim asks Massachusetts court to keep him away

(Newser) - A man who raped a 14-year-old girl in 2009 is now demanding visitation rights to see the child he fathered, reports MyFox Boston . His victim, however, wants the courts to keep him away. Part of the legal problem is that a judge sentenced the man, who was 20 at the... More »

Wisconsin Wants to Stop Gay Couples' Hospital Visits

Governor Scott Walker argues loophole violates state constitution

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker isn't steering clear of political flash points: He wants the state to stop defending a law that gives gay couples hospital visitation rights, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . The Republican governor has asked a judge for permission to stop defending a law put in place... More »

Severely Disabled Mom Wins Visitation Rights

Ex-husband will bring triplets to see her, though she's 'minimally conscious'

(Newser) - It's a custody case with tragic dimensions: A judge has ruled that a Los Angeles man must bring his 4-year-old triplets to visit their mother, who is so severely disabled she may not even realize it. Daniel Dorn has to bring the children to see ex-wife Abbie for an annual... More »

Hospital Rights for Gays a Good 'Small Step'

That it's a big deal shows how much must be done

(Newser) - President Obama's decision to give gay partners visitation rights in hospitals and medical power of attorney is generally being hailed in a let's-not-get-carried-away way:
  • David Dayen, Firedog Lake : "Hospital visitation is important, and this is a compassionate order. But it’s a small step in the grand scheme of
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Obama Gives Gays Hospital Rights

Partners can visit, have medical power of attorney

(Newser) - Gays have won a long-sought victory: President Obama has ordered hospitals to allow same-sex partners to visit and have medical power of attorney, the Washington Post reports. He signed the order tonight and it will be made public tomorrow. Hospitals would jeopardize their Medicare and Medicaid funding if they refuse... More »

Ruth Madoff Pays Bernie First Visit in Jail

Ponzi schemer's wife stays silent after Manhattan meeting

(Newser) - Ruth Madoff visited her husband in his new prison home for the first time yesterday, the New York Post reports. The swindler's wife, accompanied by private security, appeared calm and relaxed after her 20-minute meeting with Bernard Madoff in the Manhattan Correctional Center, although she refused to answer reporters' questions... More »

When Marriage Goes to Dogs, Where Do Dogs Go?

Custody of furry friends often becomes 'very hotly contested issue'

(Newser) - Joint custody, visitation rights, continued care, and financial support—custody negotiations are no longer restricted to the kids, USA Today reports, as more ex-partners wrangle over the pooch. In a recent survey, 25% of divorce lawyers reported an increase in pet-custody issues, with 90% of those cases involving dogs. It’... More »

Britney Finally Sees Her Boys

Court-monitored visitation arranged by troubled singer's pop

(Newser) - Troubled star Britney Spears' sons were happy to see their mommy yesterday, for the first time in more than seven weeks. Jayden James and Sean Preston, who have been in their father's custody during Spears' very public breakdown, got three hours of face time with their mom in a court-monitored... More »

Britney Grilled on Parenting

Spends two hours giving deposition

(Newser) - After skipping out on earlier court-ordered depositions, troubled pop star Britney Spears finally spent more than two hours yesterday being grilled about her fitness as a mother by attorneys for ex-hubby Kevin Federline. The 26-year-old singer was questioned at the lawyers' offices about drug use and her often erratic behavior,... More »

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