A father in California had his parental rights terminated after failing to comply with Department of Social Services' request that he complete certain training programs and parenting education courses.
Smartphones seemingly have applications for every aspect of life, so it was only a matter of time before applications were developed to help manage the aspects of divorce. These apps don't replace the need for an attorney, but users now have apps available to prepare them for the upcoming issues they may need to deal with in a typical divorce and child custody case.
It's what same-sex parents in California and across the country have been fighting for: recognition as legal parents. A nearby state's Supreme Court ruling on June 1 now gives legal parental rights to a former same-sex partner of an adoptive mother. This ruling allows the former partner to seek child custody.
California courts got serious about child support this week when Dennis Rodman, the former NBA player, was sentenced to community service and three years informal probation for failure to pay child support. An Orange County court official stated that Rodman was charged with contempt for failing to pay child support and must do 104 hours of community service as part of the sentence.
Same-sex parents and their children traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to lobby Congress for equal rights. The Family Equality Council organized the lobbying day, the goal being to ask lawmakers to make it easier for same-sex couples to raise a family.