A deadbeat dad rolls into town on last night's Parenthood! When Amber and Drew's pop shows up to play some gigs, Sarah has a bit of a breakdown when she finds out her son has been hanging out with his father. While the mom of two has good reason — namely because her ex is an addict — is it ever fair to keep a kid (who wants a relationship) away from his or her parent?
Does putting miles between a parent and child strain their relationship? When couples head to Splitsville, custody can become an intense issue if a mom or pop decides to move. While a short distance isn't likely to hinder visitation, a bigger move might. How important do you think it is for a youngster to live near both parents?
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An offspring of two famous rockers, Frances Bean Cobain has grown up in the spotlight and experienced a roller-coaster life. She grew up without a father, Kurt Cobain, and her mother, Courtney Love, seems to have a magnetic pull to trouble. A seemingly mature and smart young lady, it's hard to imagine the 17-year-old needs much supervision, but it is actually she who prefers to live with her grandmother. When asked about the reason for the custodial change, Courtney's attorney said:
Courtney's been clean for years and is perfectly fine . . . This is simply about Frances preferring to live with her grandmother at this time.
Having battled drugs and other demons, this is not the first time Courtney has lost custody of her daughter. Are you surprised to see it happening again?
The tie between parent and child runs deep, but would you be willing to break the law or even live underground to keep your offspring? Custody battles or spousal suspicions can lead moms and dads to make rash decisions — some take their kids and run. We've seen that breaks in the system can occur; recent news headlines have showcased one father's tireless efforts to get his son back from Brazil after his mother fled there and died. Another American dad is fighting the Italian foster system after his ex took their boy to her native land before being declared unfit to care for him. Now, Christopher Savoie sits in a Japanese jail after going there to pick up his two kids who were illegally taken there by his ex-wife. Just the thought of this happening is enough to leave a lump in any mom or dad's throat. If you were in a situation and despite the law knew you might not see your children again, would you consider kidnapping?
It's the story of a custody battle between an American father and mother, so how did their child end up in an Italian orphanage? Michael McCarty's life changed on March 5, 2007, when he received a call before going to pick up his son from school in New York and learned that his ex had taken their son to her native Italy. Once there, the government ruled that the woman was unfit to care for her son and placed him in an orphanage last April. The boy's biological dad has long been fighting to bring his now-8-year-old home. It's sad to think of the effects this situation will have on the once-carefree child.
Jon and Kate Gosselin may be in the midst of a divorce, but their show will return with new episodes Monday. During the hiatus, the former couple took time to focus on their family and navigate their way through the difficult time. They made it clear that the Gosselin abode was purchased for their eight children and that the parents would rotate turns with the twins and sextuplets.
Jon recently purchased a Manhattan bachelor pad where he stays when Kate has the kids. Earlier this week, it was rumored that Kate had her sights set on property in Maryland, but the story was refuted when statements were made that the reality mom plans to remain close to her children even when it's Jon's turn to care for them. If you were in this situation, would you take advantage of the freedom to flee during your breaks or would you stay near?
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No matter how egalitarian people say they are, there's still an assumption that a woman's connection to her children is stronger — and perhaps more sacred — than a man's, and when a couple splits, she should naturally retain custody.
Rebekah Spicuglia understands the stigma of noncustodial motherhood all too well. She got pregnant when she was 18 and started taking classes at community college. Her husband, a restaurant worker who enjoyed staying at home and being around his family, didn't want to move when Spicuglia's educational ambitions landed her a spot at UC Berkeley. So she made the decision to move and leave her 3-year-old son Oscar with her husband. Now living in New York and divorced from Oscar’s father, she sees her son regularly and believes her decision was good for everyone involved. To hear what a psychologist has to say about the phenomenon and to weigh in yourself, read more
When it comes to child custody, moms tend to have an edge on the competition. Judges often find them more capable and sometimes, dads agree and settle for either joint custody or visitation rights. However, there are cases where a father fights tooth and bone for his offspring and can win the court's decision if he shows all the right stuff.
One couple came to the end of their marital road and both decided their three boys would be better off living with the mother. As the dad moved south for a job, the mama found herself refereeing wrestling matches, fighting migraines and suffering panic attacks. At the point of a mental breakdown, she relinquished custody and shipped the young lads off to their father where he would raise them into fine young men.
While some might see the mother's actions as selfish, others may say she put the children's needs before her own. Would you give up custody of your babies if you knew their father was a more competent parent?
When a couple splits, people wish both parties the best. But, the breakup of a family involves more than a husband and a wife. Mom and dad may decide to take different paths, but children are affected and often caught in the midst of the mayhem, making it hard not to feel for them. Do you think divorce is more devastating when it involves children?
Mama's gone wild and it just keeps getting worse each time Stinky Diaper Award Winner, Britney Spears makes the news. The 26-year-old mother of Sean Preston, 2 and Jayden James, 1, caused yet another stir when she holed up in her house Thursday night and refused to relinquish her sons to ex-husband, Kevin Federline's care. Now, Britney has lost visitation rights until a hearing on January 14.
At this point, do you think the wayward mom deserves another chance?