Custody battles are never easy, but they usually start with two parents listed on a birth certificate. A recent family law court case did not have the luxury of predetermined parents: Two women in a same-sex relationship used a friend's sperm to conceive their daughter, and the judge ruled that all three should be included on the child's birth certificate. While this has never happened in the state of Illinois, it could become an issue with the increasing number of legal rights same sex couples are receiving.
Joni and Friends, a Christian outreach ministry for the disabled founded more than 30 years ago, has formally announced its opposition to a United Nations disability treaty up for ratification by the U.S. Senate.
In a recent child custody dispute that examines the role of legal citizenship, one state's highest court has ruled that parental rights trump citizenship status. This determination has set a precedent for custody battles that involve illegal immigrants in Illinois and throughout the United States.
An unusual case is unfolding in a Chicago, Illinois courthouse. On the surface it is a simple case of a mother wanting her children back. On second look, it is the case of a mother with a troubling criminal record and her two adopted little girls -- and a judge who must decide whether returning them to their mother is in the best interests of the children.
An Illinois woman is trying to convince a court that her child belongs with her, not a foster family. Before she can regain custody, though, she must complete her prison sentence.
A custody hearing will be held in McHenry County later this week in a case involving an 11-year-old boy, his father's family and his long-absent mother and her family. The mother was absent because she was in prison for attacking her husband (the boy's father) with a sledgehammer in 2001. Released in 2009, she has not sought visitation or custody rights. The issue came up only because the father, whose permanent injuries did not keep him from caring for the child, passed away a couple of weeks ago.
Florida joined Illinois and the rest of the United States yesterday when the Third District Court affirmed a lower court decision regarding adoption by homosexuals. The court held 3 to 0 that the law banning homosexuals from adopting is unconstitutional. The case is interesting not only because it touches on social norms and hot-button issues, but also because it is a great example of a constitutional argument.