Recently a legal custody battle arose between two divorced parents from London involving their fourteen-year-old daughter's dying wishes. The girl, who had cancer and only a short time to live, had begun making arrangements to be cryogenically frozen with the hopes that in years to come, she would be able to be woken up and cured. However, the procedure required the consent of both of the girl's parents. This meant consent from her father, who she had not had contact with in eight years, was also required. As her father opposed the procedure, her mother brought a suit on the girl's behalf in London's equivalent of a family court. The mother was ultimately successful in getting full rights to decide what would happen to her daughter's remains upon her death. The girl, who has since passed away, has been transported to the United States and is being stored in Detroit.
Fans of Grey's Anatomy tuned into a full-scale custody trial last week as Callie and Arizona battled over their daughter, Sophia. For those unfamiliar, Callie and Arizona are the parents of an 8 year old child whom they have shared custody of since their divorce on the prime time medical drama based in Seattle. Recently, Callie's girlfriend received a job offer in NYC precipitating Callie's request to move with the child. Nearly a full episode was dedicated to a custody trial as a judge heard testimony from witnesses and determined whether the child would relocate with Callie to NYC or remain in Seattle with Arizona. As Grey's has always focused on the medical field, it should come as no surprise that the depiction of a custody trial wasn't quite on the mark, at least based on Pennsylvania Law. Read on to see three things Grey's got wrong:
Die-hard TLC fans will remember Jon Gosselin as the other half of the popular show Jon and Kate Plus 8. Parents, Jon and Kate Gosselin had twins and then, several years later, conceived sextuplets bringing their total number of children to a whopping eight. Fast-forward to the present, Jon and Kate are no longer married and are attempting to co-parent their eight children. On a recent appearance on The Steve Harvey Show, Jon shared the following custody woes with the audience: he has not seen all eight children together in three years; when the children are dropped off at his residence, he often has no idea which of his children will be arriving; he hasn't seen or spoken to one of his sons in over a year; and there is "zero" communication between Jon and Kate.
Jena Malone, the star who played Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has recently announced that she is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, Ethan DeLorenzo. Although the pair could not appear happier over the news, Ethan might find himself wondering what kind of custody or father's rights he has to the child, as he is not married to Jena.
From amicable to feisty, the custody battle between Madonna and Guy Ritchie has recently taken a turn after the pair's 15-year-old son, Rocco, announced that he wishes to remain with Ritchie in London permanently.
A few days after Christmas, rapper, Future, went on a profanity laced rant on Twitter complaining about Ciara, the mother of his child. According to Future's tweets Ciara has been keeping him from their child, Future, Jr. The rapper tweeted, "I gotta go through lawyers to see babyfuture...the f--kery for 15k a month" and ""I jus want babyfuture that's all...I been silent for a year & a half..I ran outta patience." To date, Ciara has not publicly responded to Future's posts. While not every parent would take to Twitter to complain about child custody issues, many don't realize what their options are.
In January, Ludacris was awarded full custody of his 13-month-old daughter, Cai. The award was the result of a long and contentious court battle, during which Cai's mother, Tamika Fuller, even went so far as trying to use the rapper's song lyrics against him. However, in the end, Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, prevailed.
A local Pittsburgh native, Wiz Khalifa, seems to have his hands full with what can best be described as the onset of a "messy" custody dispute with ex-wife, Amber Rose. Recent news reports detail photos of a backyard patio covered in animal feces where Amber Rose lives with their almost two year old son, Sebastian. The reports indicate Khalifa is concerned that the family's dog is eating the feces and then licking Sebastian's face. This horrific thought, coupled with additional photos showing a knife left on the kitchen counter-top and overflowing garbage cans, has caused Khalifa to consider pursuing legal action to obtain more custody of his son. According to the most up to date news articles, Khalifa is generating a lengthy list of issues related to Amber Rose's care of their son that could lend support in a future custody dispute.
Child custody in Pennsylvania is governed by the same set of laws, compiled in Chapter 53 of the Domestic Relations Code. However, the procedure for enforcing Pennsylvania child custody laws varies county to county. All custody actions are initiated either by the filing of a custody complaint or a petition seeking modification of an existing custody order, both of which must be properly served upon the non-filing party. After the filing of the complaint, the process can differ greatly depending on what county the complaint or petition has been filed in.
What's new in grandparent custody? We all remember the day in late November when the horrifying news flashed across the bottom of television screens across the country. Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast and the Furious movies, had died in a fiery car crash. Walker was in the passenger seat of a Porsche driven by Walker's friend and financial adviser, Roger Rodas. The vehicle hit a light pole and two trees before bursting into flames. Walker left behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker.