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December 2015 Archives

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's teen son wants to stay with dad

Pennsylvania music fans may have heard that pop singer Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie are involved in a custody dispute over their 15-year-old son Rocco. Madonna currently has custody of Rocco, though her son has expressed a wish to live with his father. At a recent court hearing, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice ordered Rocco to return to his mother's home in New York.

Mother of NBA star's kids seeks increase in child support

Pennsylvania residents who are considering divorce might be interested in the ongoing child support case between NBA star Lance Stephenson and the mother of his two children. The mother claims that she needs more than the $6,000 in child support she receives each month. She requested more money so her children would be able to move into a safer neighborhood and receive childcare while she returns to school. Reports indicate that she asked the Brooklyn Family Court for double the amount she has been receiving.

Woman says she is child's parent, challenges adoption

An adoption case involving a former same-sex couple may be of interest to Pennsylvania residents. A woman is challenging the adoption of a 9-year-old girl by the girl's new stepdad because the woman claims that she is the child's parent. The girl's biological mother argues that although the woman helped raise the girl for the first four years of her life, she was never actually the child's parent.

Same-sex relationships challenge legal definitions of parent

In Pennsylvania, same-sex couples that end their relationships could face significant legal hurdles when child custody disputes emerge. Courts in other states have been split on the subject of parental rights for nonbiological partners in same-sex couple families.

Sherri Shepherd accused of abandoning son

Pennsylvania residents may remember Sherri Shepherd from her seven-year stint as co-host of "The View". Now, Shepherd is making headlines for more than just her commentary on popular news stories. Shepherd has been ordered to pay child support and alimony to her ex-husband Lamar Sally. According to Sally, Shepherd abandoned the child that they had together via surrogate.

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