A lot has happened since a parent last saw her son in 2009. Her ex-spouse moved with the boy from California to Plano, Texas. And the parent underwent gender reassignment surgery, transitioning from a man to a woman. The woman believes it is time her son, age 13, learns that his father is now a woman. Will a court agree to let that happen?
A Texas judge has decided an unusual child custody case involving a surrogate mother and the man she claims tricked her. The judge ruled that a woman who gave birth to twins using a donor egg is a mother to the children she carried. Had the judge ruled against the woman, there could have been implications for other women who give birth using donor eggs.The case arose in July when the 48-year-old woman gave birth to the twins. She was not biologically related to the children. Instead, a friend had paid for the woman's in vitro fertilization using a donor egg and his sperm. Although the two were not in a romantic relationship, the woman believed they would raise the children together. It was only when a social worker visited her in the hospital after the children were born that she first learned the man considered her to be a surrogate.
Law enforcement in Harrison County, working in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General's Office, arrested 11 people for non-payment of child support. The sweep was part of an attempt to target parents who were in contempt of court for failure to make these payments. Child Support Division investigators also provided help in locating some of the parents.There were 19 total warrants for parents in Harrison County. The agencies are still trying to locate the eight people who were not arrested in the initial sweep. The attorney general's office collected $3.4 billion in child support in 2011, $10.7 million of which came from Harrison County.
The national divorce rate has been decreasing steadily since the 1980s. But not for couples over age 50. According to a study conducted by Bowling Green State University, the rate of so-called gray divorces has increased by more than 100 percent over the last 20 years, and there's no sign of it slowing down.In the study, sociologists predict that gray divorces will increase to 800,000 per year in 2030, up from 600,000 in 2009. In 1990, only one in 10 couples over age 50 divorced. That number increased to one in four in 2009. The chance of divorce is even greater for those couples who are on second or third marriages.