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Woman Accused of 'Very Disturbing' Plot to Gain Custody

Lacey Hucks, accomplice accused of planting child porn pics on Hucks' husband's phone

(Newser) - Child custody battles can get heated, and it's not unusual for parties to pull out all the stops to win the fight, but one Oklahoma mom may have gone a step too far. KFOR reports that 33-year-old Lacey Hucks is now in custody and facing felony charges in Garvin...

Olivia Wilde Gets Served During Movie Presentation

She was handed child custody papers while onstage at CinemaCon

(Newser) - CinemaCon says it is reviewing security procedures after director Olivia Wilde was served with legal papers at the Las Vegas event—while she was onstage presenting the trailer for new movie Don't Worry Darling. When somebody came up from the front rows to hand Wilde the manila envelope marked...

Dubai Leader Loses Custody Battle Over 'Exorbitant' Abuse

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum isn't allowed direct contact with kids, either, per UK judge

(Newser) - First Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to his ex, in what was said to be the largest divorce settlement the UK has ever seen. Now, another victory for Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the half sister of King Abdullah II...

She Was a Domestic Abuse Victim. Her Ex Got the Kids

ProPublica takes a look at Julie Valadez's custody battle

(Newser) - In her mind, Wisconsin mother and domestic abuse victim Julie Valadez was being persistent in standing up for her four children. To a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge, she was uncooperative and unreasonable. According to many advocates at the intersection of domestic abuse and child custody, this is not an...

Before Finding Girl Under Stairs, Officers Found Her Bedroom

Father claimed it was only set up in case Paislee Shultis returned home: police

(Newser) - Police long suspected Paislee Shultis, a child missing for two years in New York , could be found in the home of her biological parents, who do not have custody of her. They just couldn't prove it—until a tip arrived Monday. "This tip was fresh, it was factual....

Judge Tells Mom She Can't See Son Until She's Vaccinated

Rebecca Firlit hasn't seen her 11-year-old since Aug. 10

(Newser) - Rebecca Firlit showed up to what she thought would be a typical child support hearing via Zoom; the Chicago mom has been divorced for seven years and shares custody of her 11-year-old son. She ended the hearing having lost her visitation rights due to her vaccine status in what the...

Ousted Judge a Blow to Brad Pitt Custody Cause

Actor loses time with kids previously awarded to him

(Newser) - Brad Pitt has suffered a blow in his child custody battle with Angelina Jolie. Per People , a judge who previously awarded the actor more time with the former couple's kids has been disqualified from presiding over the case. A three-judge panel sided with Jolie's attorneys, who argued Judge...

Man Charged With Shooting Ex-Wife While 4 Kids Slept

Texas' Aaron Wright denies involvement in shooting hours before custody hearing

(Newser) - A Texas man scheduled to attend a child-custody hearing within hours allegedly broke into his ex-wife's home and shot her four times Monday while their four children slept inside. Aaron Wright appeared Tuesday before a judge in Harris County, who described an elaborate plan that allegedly began with Wright...

Judge Tentatively Gives Brad Pitt Joint Custody

Angelina Jolie plans to fight on, and the decision affecting 5 children could change

(Newser) - Brad Pitt has won joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie. A judge allowed the adjustment in the existing custody agreement to permit Pitt more time with the actors' children, NBC reports. But the decision is not final, and Jolie, who filed for divorce in 2016, plans to press...

Jolie Says She Has 'Proof' Pitt Committed Domestic Violence

She and the kids are willing to testify, per court documents

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie says she and her children are ready to offer "proof and authority in support" of her claim that Brad Pitt committed domestic violence. Jolie has agreed to provide her own testimony, as well as the "testimony of minor children," according to leaked court documents filed...

Judge: COVID Rules Don't Inhibit Polyamorous Life

Mother objected to children's possible virus exposure from their father's new partner and her husband

(Newser) - British Columbia's pandemic restrictions are tough enough to understand, a judge says, before you throw in an alternative lifestyle. "The messaging accompanying these orders, and indeed the language of the orders themselves, is fraught with inconsistency and ambiguity," Justice Nigel Kent said in ruling that a divorced...

Black Couple Separated From Infant Son After Traffic Stop

NC cops say marijuana was found; the couple disputes that

(Newser) - A Black man says a deputy told him he would never again see his son during a traffic stop in North Carolina earlier this month. And he says he hasn't had custody of his 9-month-old in the three weeks since. Raymond Cheley Sykes, 34, and Kaila Boulware, 27, of...

Heidi Klum: I'm Taking This Fight to Court

The 'Next Top Model' host wants her four children in Germany

(Newser) - Heidi Klum is seeking legal action to have her four children accompany her to Europe for the filming of Next Top Model—a move her ex says is just too dangerous, People reports. The supermodel is asking for an emergency court hearing to have Leni, 16, Henry, 14, Johan, 13,...

Florida Mom: My Boy's Father Is a Virus Risk

Dawson Thilmony wants custody of their son until state of emergency is over

(Newser) - A Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the pandemic, claiming the boy's father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they're first-responders, the AP reports. Tabatha Sams has asked a judge to...

Parents Face Daughter's Suspected Killer in Court

Kelsey Berreth's parents granted temporary custody of grandchild

(Newser) - Kelsey Berreth's parents faced down the man suspected of killing their daughter in court on Thursday and were awarded temporary custody of their 14-month-old granddaughter. Kaylee, the daughter of Berreth and Patrick Frazee, has been staying with her maternal grandparents since Frazee's Dec. 21 arrest in Colorado on...

Former Hostage Says Husband Abused Her in Captivity

Canadian Joshua Boyle loses custody of children

(Newser) - Caitlan Coleman, the American woman held hostage in Afghanistan for 5 years , says her own husband made the ordeal much worse. In court papers obtained by the Ottawa Citizen , the 32-year-old Coleman says Joshua Boyle, her 34-year-old Canadian husband, became mentally and physically abusive, confining her to a shower stall...

He Wanted Ex to Give Him More Time With Son, Killed Them All

Police say James Shields Jr. murdered 3 people over trans-Atlantic custody dispute

(Newser) - On Monday, the friend who accompanied Linda Olthof from the Netherlands to New York couldn't get in touch with her and called Olthof's sister back home. Her sister Googled "New York" to see if anything was amiss there and quickly came across news of a murder-suicide. "...

In 'Extremely Rare' Move, an Order in Jolie-Pitt Divorce Case

Judge mandates Jolie give her ex more access to their 6 kids or risk losing primary custody

(Newser) - In what one expert tells People is an "extremely rare" case, a judge has issued a new order involving Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's six children and warned that if Jolie doesn't follow the order, she could risk losing primary custody to Pitt. Various media outlets got...

Feds: We Just Lost Nearly 1,500 Children

Health and Human Services admits its mistake

(Newser) - Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday, the AP reports. The Health and Human Services Department has a limited...

Mom No Longer Has to Share Custody of Son With Her Rapist

Judge rescinds order in Michigan case

(Newser) - A Michigan judge has rescinded his order that gave a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12. Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross ruled Tuesday that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo won't have any parental rights...

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