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December 2011 Archives

Baby boy in child custody dispute after mom tries to sell him

In a Florida case that Ohio residents may well find disturbing to say the least, a mother from the Miami-Dade area was recently charged with the crime of attempting to sell her own child. Allegedly, the woman had made arrangements to sell the baby boy to a man for $7,000. She is currently in jail on charges of illegal adoption, but readers of this blog may be particularly interested in the child custody battle that has resulted from this situation.The 8-month-old baby boy is now the subject of a dispute between two men who are vying for custody. One of the men is the boy's legal father and husband to the mother -- although the two do not appear to live together anymore as he currently lives elsewhere with his girlfriend. The second of the two men, who lives in Key West, is purportedly the boy's biological father.

Obesity a child custody issue for one Ohio family

Parents in Ohio who have faced child custody decisions or disputes know how complex such cases can be. Courts take many things into consideration when deciding who will be awarded custody of a child. Recently, child obesity has become a deciding factor in whether a parent is awarded custody -- or, as in a recent case, loses custody.

Whistleblowing, Public Policy, and Retaliation: Part 2 of 3

In Part One of this series, I discussed the qui tam provisions under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and compared it to Ohio's whistleblower statute. This post addresses the retaliation provisions.

Woman ordered to pay alimony to ex-husband who raped her

Ohio residents may have heard about a woman who was recently forced to pay alimony to her ex-husband who raped her. The woman, who earns a six-figure salary, had been supporting her unemployed husband for years. She reported his crime against her -- marital rape -- and he was found guilty by a jury. He is currently serving a six-year sentence in state prison.Despite his conviction, the woman was still ordered to pay spousal support. The judge ordered her to pay $1000 a month instead of the $3000 a month suggested by state guidelines. She is also required to pay his legal fees.

Couple has to put in work to regain custody of child

Child custody cases can be complex, and sometimes discouraging. Ohio residents may be aware that on Nov. 28, a homeless couple last reported as living with Occupy Dallas demonstrators returned to court to work toward regaining custody of their infant son. Although they will not spend Christmas living under the same roof, the parents will likely see their son because the judge granted temporary custody of the child to a friend of the parents. The judge presiding in the case gave the parents special instructions: Over the next month, they must take parenting classes and submit to random drug testing and counseling. The Department of Child Protective Services cited issues of neglect when it took custody of the couple's 9-month-old son earlier this month. A CPS spokesperson said that the baby's living conditions were an issue, as was the mental health of the mother.

Holly Marie Combs files for divorce, seeks joint custody

Many Ohio residents are familiar with the actress Holly Marie Combs and her work. While the actress has appeared in many venues and is currently starring on the television show "Pretty Little Liars," she is probably best known for her role in the long-running series "Charmed." It is being reported that she now plans to divorce her husband.

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