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Sofia Vergara Sued By Embryos

Her own; ex-fiance aims to implant 2 girls in a surrogate via right-to-live suit

(Newser) - Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance Nick Loeb has dropped a lawsuit in California seeking custody of the two female embryos the couple created together, now frozen in a fertility clinic, but the Modern Family star's legal troubles are far from over: She's now being sued by her own embryos... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Another Custody Battle Brewing for Bristol Palin

Her ex has filed legal documents

(Newser) - Bristol Palin still hasn't revealed who the father of her new daughter is, though quite a few signs point to it being her ex-fiance , Dakota Meyer—including the fact that Meyer has now filed legal documents claiming he is, in fact, the biological father of Sailor Grace. Meyer wants... 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 »

Accused Killer of Social Worker Had 'Hit List'

Jody Herring allegedly planned more killings than the 4 she's been charged with

(Newser) - The Vermont woman charged with killing a social worker after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter had a "hit list" that included her mother, stepfather, and possibly brother, according to documents made public yesterday. The Burlington Free Press reports Jody Herring's ex-boyfriend told police he saw the hit... More »

Vergara’s Ex: Why I'm Suing for Our Embryos

Nick Loeb: A woman can go ahead with pregnancy against man's wishes, so why not a man?

(Newser) - The ex-fiance of Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara took to the pages of the New York Times today to defend his decision to go to court over the embryos they created together. Florida businessman Nick Loeb wants custody of the two female embryos, now frozen in a clinic, in order... More »

10 Years After Vanishing With Child, Mom Surfaces

Genevieve Kelley turns herself in; whereabouts of Mary Nunes unknown

(Newser) - In the midst of a bitter custody battle, Genevieve Kelley took her 8-year-old daughter and vanished in November 2004. Over the past decade, the US Marshals Service followed up on tips that had them looking for the New Hampshire woman—along with new husband Scott Kelley, daughter Mary Nunes , and... More »

Uma Thurman, Ex Fight Over 2-Year-Old

Arpad Busson sues for custody of daughter

(Newser) - Uma Thurman's ex-fiance is suing her for custody of their daughter Luna, 2. Arpad "Arki" Busson yesterday filed an emergency order to gain custody; the Manhattan court papers are sealed. "It is unfortunate that this very private discussion regarding Mr. Busson's visitation rights and his participation... More »

Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 3, After Shootout, Chase

Frederick Roy Miller also shot girl's grandfather, great-grandmother

(Newser) - Frederick Roy Miller had been fighting for custody of 3-year-old daughter Laila since she was six months old. But the Maryland state medical examiner says he stabbed and shot the girl at some point during a police chase and gun battle with officers in Maryland on Saturday, the Washington Post... More »

Man Who Threw Son Off High-Rise 'Wanted the House'

Dmitriy Kanarikov was locked in bitter custody battle

(Newser) - The New York City man who yesterday threw his 3-year-old son off a high-rise and jumped after him, killing them both, had threatened to take the child in a bitter custody dispute, the New York Daily News reports. Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, had demanded that his wife, Svetlana Bukharina, give him... More »

Police Bust 'Child Retrieval' Commando Squad

One former Olympic sailing champion among those arrested

(Newser) - Most child-smuggling operations don't advertise their services online. But Italian police have busted a group that appears to have done just that. Police say they've taken down a group of ex-special forces operatives who charged "tens of thousands of euros" to kidnap children involved in cross-border custody... More »

Dad Had Just Won Custody of Slain Kids

Had fought for years with ex-wife charged in their deaths

(Newser) - The Arizona woman who tried to kill herself Saturday after allegedly murdering her two children had lost custody of them just three days before. The autopsy points to poison as the killer, and the AP 's report on Marilyn Edge focuses on the "contentious" custody battle she had... More »

Jason Patric Fights for More Rights for Sperm Donors

Jason Patric fighting for a relationship with his son

(Newser) - If Jason Patric has his way, sperm donors in California could find themselves with more legal rights regarding their biological children. The Lost Boys actor appeared before the Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday to ask lawmakers to approve a bill that would expand paternal rights for fathers in IVF conceptions. The... More »

Usher's Son Nearly Drowns

Scare comes about a year after his ex lost her 11-year-old son

(Newser) - It's been a rough year or so for Tameka Foster. Usher's ex-wife lost her 11-year-old son in a tragic boating accident last July; then on Monday, another son and another water-related calamity. Usher Raymond V, 5, nearly drowned after getting partly stuck in the drain of the swimming... More »

Bill O'Reilly 'Caught Cheating' in Child Custody Battle

Fox commentator allegedly hired neutral arbitrator

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly's child custody battle with his ex-wife has gotten so ugly that he secretly hired the therapist designated as a neutral "arbitrator" in their disputes, Gawker reports. First, some backstory: The Fox News commentator separated from Maureen McPhilmy in 2011, and allegedly tried to start an... More »

MIA Hit By Restraining Order After Twitter Meltdown

Benjamin Bronfman doesn't want her taking son to London

(Newser) - Things have gotten pretty ugly between rapper MIA and her babydaddy and ex-fiance Benjamin Bronfman: After MIA allegedly threatened to take son Ikhyd to London, Bronfman got a temporary restraining order to make sure she can't, sources tell the New York Post . All three are currently living in Brooklyn,... More »

Grandparents Fight Over Jovan Belcher's Daughter

Zoey Belcher, 4 months, is worth $3M

(Newser) - In a sad epilogue to the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide , both sets of grandparents are fighting over the baby girl orphaned when the NFL player killed her mother and then himself. Four-month-old Zoey Belcher will inherit almost $3 million in life insurance plus NFL annual payments and retirement funds. "Personally,... More »

Mom Fighting Saudi Prince for Daughter Falls to Death

Cohen-Ahnine wanted daughter back from Sattam al-Saud

(Newser) - A French woman embroiled in a custody dispute over her daughter with a Saudi prince plunged to her death last week in Paris—and her lawyer says it was not suicide. Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 35, even told relatives she felt "threatened" several days before falling from her fourth-floor apartment off... More »

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