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Police 'Ambush' Suspect Was Upset Over Custody Battle

'I lashed out at someone who didn't deserve it'

(Newser) - The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective says he was angry about a child custody battle and "lashed out at somebody who didn't deserve it." Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when... More »

Jolie to Retain Sole Custody of All 6 Kids

Brad Pitt gets 'therapeutic visits'

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie Pitt will continue to have sole custody of her six children with Brad Pitt in a joint agreement reached by the actors, a rep said Monday. The agreement calls for the former couple's six children, who range in ages from 8 to 15, to continue to have... More »

A Pot Smoothie Ended Her Girl's Seizures. Then She Lost Her

Kelsey Osborne is fighting to get 3-year-old Madyson back

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Gooding, Idaho, girl tested positive for pot at her pediatrician's office on Oct. 5, and mom Kelsey Osborne was the reason why. The 23-year-old lost custody of her two kids because of it. Now, she's fighting back. Osborne describes the smoothie she made for daughter Madyson—... More »

Jolie, Pitt Strike Custody Deal

She gets custody, he gets visitation, everyone gets therapy

(Newser) - For those losing sleep about the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt breakup, TMZ reports that the estranged couple has reached a deal regarding custody of the Brangelina tribe. The deal was offered up via the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, and was a take-it-or-duke-it-out-in-court offer that the couple opted... More »

Weiner's Woes Could Lead to 'Ugly' Custody Battle

Woody Allen couldn't write a movie script like this, divorce lawyer says

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner has already lost wife Huma Abedin over his latest sexting transgressions, but the fact that Weiner's young son may have been in one of his late-night selfie sessions could have him in trouble with child services. Experts tell the New York Daily News —which says it... More »

CPS Took Their Kids, and the Hell Began

Inside Randy and Danyelle Branning's year-long ordeal

(Newser) - San Diego–based attorney Shawn McMillan takes on only one type of case: those against California's child protective services agencies, which has paid out $20 million since 2005 as a result of his cases. Randy and Danyelle Branning were among his clients. At Atavist , Jessica Weisberg describes the "... More »

Judge Bans 10-Year-Old Girl From Playing Golf

The young golf prodigy is apparently a victim of her parents' custody battle

(Newser) - Deadspin has a bizarre story about a Virginia judge banning a 10-year-old golf prodigy … from playing golf. The unnamed girl has won 11 of the past 12 youth tournaments she's played in and even took first place in an all-ages women's competition. "She's really... More »

After Custody Hearing, Kids' Mother Murdered

In front of many family members

(Newser) - A man shot and killed the mother of his grandchildren in front of horrified family members following a custody hearing involving the kids in rural Arizona, authorities said Wednesday. Salomon Diaz is accused of opening fire Tuesday evening outside a courthouse in the town of Holbrook, also killing the woman'... More »

Man's Revenge Site So Extreme Ex Wants to 'Disappear'

Patrick Fox said he hopes to harass Desiree Capuano into committing suicide

(Newser) - A man who created a revenge website to "destroy" his ex-wife is now in custody and facing charges of criminal harassment. His ex says her only hope is that he'll be held long enough to give her time to change her identity and "disappear" before he is... More »

Boy's Summer With Dad Turns Into His Kidnapping

Inside Alissa Zagaris' quest to get Leo back

(Newser) - When Alissa Zagaris' ex-husband asked her to send him their then-10-year-old's vaccination records, she said no way. Son Leo was in Greece visiting his father for the summer, per stipulations of the couple's divorce. But just days before the boy was to return to Indiana, Nikos Zagaris called... More »

7 Years Later, Levi-Bristol Custody Battle Is Over

They are now 'successfully co-parenting'

(Newser) - Seven years and $100,000 later, Levi Johnston has emerged victorious from his custody battle with Bristol Palin. E! has the background: In 2009, Johnston sued for joint custody of his son with Palin, claiming that the Palins were keeping him from seeing Tripp, who's now 7. The following... More »

Girls Missing Since 2013 Found on Minn. Farm

Police believe they were hidden by group critical of family courts

(Newser) - Minnesota authorities on Wednesday located two teenage sisters from Lakeville who have been missing for more than two years. The girls were found at a horse farm in western Minnesota after police executed a search warrant, Lakeville police Lt. Jason Polinski told the Star Tribune . Gianna and Samantha Rucki, now... More »

Infant Taken From Mom Who Drank Pot Tea While Pregnant

Ohio woman says she researched using marijuana for sickness, pain

(Newser) - Ohio voters failed to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday—a law that could have prevented what's now happening to Hollie Sanford and her family. The Cleveland mom tried to alleviate extreme morning sickness and sciatic nerve pain during her pregnancy by drinking marijuana tea, a substance she tells Fox 8... More »

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 »

Same-Sex Custody Battles Are Shaking Up Courts

Some say laws should evolve to protect 'de facto parents'

(Newser) - Same-sex couples aren't just making their mark on marriage, but also on breakups and the subsequent custody battles—so much so that they are "going to revolutionize the court system," a family lawyer tells the New York Post . The paper highlights one of several complicated cases in... More »

Judge to Kids: Have Lunch With Dad or Be Locked Up

They've been in juvenile hall for more than 2 weeks

(Newser) - Indefinite incarceration isn't generally seen as the best route to healthy parent-child relationships, but a judge in Michigan has decided to give it a shot. The parents of three siblings, ages 9, 10, and 14, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for years, and the last custody... More »

Teen in High-Profile Custody Case Pleads for Her Mom

Mary Nunes breaks an 11-year silence as mom faces trial

(Newser) - A 19-year-old woman back in the United States after fleeing with her mother and stepfather a decade ago in a custody case is begging a judge to allow contact with her mother, who faces trial next month, and calls her stepfather "the only man I consider to be my... More »

At Heart of Odd Custody Ruling: a Turkey Baster

Joyce Bruce said because they never had sex, she should be sole parent

(Newser) - In Joyce Bruce's mind, Robert Boardwine was just an old friend who helpfully agreed to donate sperm so she could have a child—no parental rights attached. To Boardwine, however, and now according to a Virginia court, he's entitled to see his young son, CNN reports. The Virginia... More »

Vegan Mom Regains Custody of Baby

She defied doctor who ordered him to hospital

(Newser) - A judge in Florida has allowed a vegan mom who defied a doctor's orders to regain custody of her infant son, reports WFTV . The strange case began in June when police in Casselberry charged Sarah Markham with neglect and took away 2-week-old Caleb. The charges came after a pediatrician... More »

'Swearing Toddler' Can Stay With Mom: Judge

ACLU cites racism in police handling of case

(Newser) - A toddler who attracted national attention for his swearing in an online video will stay with his mom—at 17, also a minor—after both were placed in custody. The two will be cared for in the same foster home, CNN reports, following an Omaha juvenile court judge’s ruling.... More »

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