John Legend Talks First-Time Fatherhood!

Skilled musician John Legend hopes that he has skills in the parenting department once wife Chrissy Teigen gives birth to their first little bundle of joy next year. “I really hope we’ll be good parents!” he told People magazine. “I hope our child will be kind and smart and awesome in every way. Hopefully we’ll […]

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Judge Removes Infant Girl from Same-Sex Couple!

Earlier in the week, Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen had directed married foster parents Rebecca A. Peirce, 34, and April M. Hoagland, 38, to give up the baby girl they had raised for three of her nine months. According to the women, he said studies (which he did not identify) support the contention that children […]

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Unwed Fathers Have Parental Rights Too

Consider: A single man who is a U.S. citizen fathers a child with a non-citizen woman outside the United States. For this child to be considered eligible to be a U.S. citizen, the father must have lived in this country for 10 years, five years after he turned 14. There is a different standard, however, […]

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‘I’m out of money, and I’m out of hope’: Rethinking custody battles!

Massachusetts could be one of the first states in the country to pass such a bill into law, although it is not the only one currently considering it. The Commonwealth is one of nearly 20 states looking at shared parenting laws, according to the Wall Street Journal . The bills propose that a child spend […]

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Child Support Services Offers Amnesty To Parents With Warrants

An new initiative could relieve active bench warrants for parents who owe past-due child support, according to a news release. Through the Child Support Services’ Amnesty in August initiative, noncustodial parents can work with their local CSS office and the court to have their warrants recalled, therefore removing the threat of arrest while improving the […]

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Are Biological Fathers Receiving Due Process

When a child is born to unmarried biological parents or results from a married biological parent’s affair, there may be a conflict between the biological parents concerning appropriate parenting for the child. If the biological mother, with or without consultation with an adoption agency, determines that termination of the biological father’s parental rights is in […]

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Fatherhood Makes you Fat!

A new study released in the American Journal of Men’s Health analyzed the BMI of more than 10,000 men from adolescence into their mid-30s through data collected from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. By comparing three groups — nonfathers, resident fathers (who live with their children) and nonresident fathers — researchers from Northwestern […]

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Embrace Shared Parenting Reform This Father’s Day!

While Father’s Day stands as a day to honor fathers, the unfortunate reality is that every day of the year, our nation’s family courts continue to marginalize the role fathers play in the lives of their children. In fact, courts award sole custody to one parent, typically to the mother, while reducing the other parent, […]

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Walter Scott: The Case for Child Support Reform

Walter Scott wasn’t just a black man in America shot by a police officer; he also was a divorced father. While debate rages about excessive use of police force, his death points to another troubling practice—the incarceration of poor parents for failing to pay child-support.  For the most part, these are not “deadbeat dads”; they’re […]

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Reining in our Nation’s Family Courts

Small-government conservatives have largely overlooked the fact that no branch of government other than the tax authorities intrudes more forcefully and intimately into the lives of Americans than do our nation’s family courts. Where there is forceful intrusion, there is political opportunity — and danger for either party, if it allows the other to grab […]

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