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September 2012 Archives

Parents of kidnapped boy participating in therapy with son

After spending eight years in seclusion after he was abducted, a Texas boy who was found in March will remain under foster home care as his parents struggle to regain child custody. The 8-year-old boy will have to undergo rehabilitation sessions with his parents before the courts give a directive on the fate of the boy's legal custody. The boy's former babysitter and the babysitter's mother are behind bars; they are charged with kidnapping him.A federal court judge ruled that the youngster would continue living in a foster home while attending therapy together with his parents, for an undisclosed period. However, the child custody proceedings will be deliberated further, following the judge's directive to have another hearing set for January.

Single mothers in Texas struggle to support their children

One of the unfortunate consequences of getting a divorce is the financial burden this situation places on single mothers. A recent article highlighted the financial difficulties single mothers face while trying to work multiple jobs and care for their children. This struggle is made even more difficult when the single mothers are unable to collect child support from their former spouses or partners.Single mothers working in the state of Texas have taken a huge hit from the recent recession. Most of these women were already working multiple jobs to make ends meet, and after the financial crisis, many women had their hours cut or lost their jobs altogether. With limited public assistance available, low-wage jobs, and a lack of substantial child-care subsidies, many single mothers struggle to simply keep up. In order to keep the utilities on and the rent paid, these mothers have to work long hours away from their children, which can prove to be a difficult balancing act.

Texas police officer convicted of stalking ex-wife

Although many divorce cases create acrimonious feelings between ex-partners, fortunately, most do not descend to the level of one ex-Texas trooper's obsession with his former spouse.The former trooper was convicted of a stalking charge that carried a potential 10-year jail sentence. Instead, he was given probation. Evidence was presented that showed the disgruntled ex-spouse had set up a fake online dating profile with provocative content, prompting men to show up at his former wife's home expecting to have sexual encounters. He also gave strangers her phone number, and she began receiving calls at work from hopeful male partners.

Increase in "postnuptial agreements," signed after the wedding

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there has been an increase in recent years in couples signing legally binding agreements in the style of prenuptial agreements after the marriage has begun. The rising costs of litigation and increase in divorce rates may be contributing factors to an increase in postnuptial agreements.

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