Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
The 4-year-old Oklahoma girl known as “Baby Veronica,” who had been temporarily returned to the custody of her biological father in the latest chapter of an ongoing legal saga, has been returned to the custody of her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who live in South Carolina. More from CNN.com:
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Earlier in the day [Monday], the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Dusten Brown, the girl’s father, must return the girl, named Veronica, to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who live in South Carolina.
“Veronica is safely in the arms of her parents and has been reunited with her family. Our prayers are with everyone involved this evening. There is no happy ending in this travesty, only closure,” said Jessica Munday, a spokeswoman for the family.
The Capobiancos adopted Veronica at birth in 2009 and have been involved in a custody battle since then with Brown, who lives in Oklahoma.
Brown’s attorney, Clark Brewster, said his client handed Veronica over Monday night. He said the Browns were “devastated” but thought it best after the court’s decision to hand Veronica over to the Capobiancos, with whom she spent the first two years of her life.
“One thing we wanted to avoid was some type of showdown, or sometime of event that would affect Veronica,” Brewster said.
The four-year case has spanned state lines and tested an unusual federal law.
The Capobiancos legally adopted Veronica, and Brown learned of her adoption a few months later. Brown, a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, asserted his custody rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act, setting off the legal fight.
Friday, July 5th, 2013
A record eight percent of single dads are heading United States households, according to new findings from the Pew Research Center based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. With fewer than 300,000 families led by single fathers in 1960, over the past 50 years, the number increased to 2.6 million in 2011. Now, a quarter of all single-parent families are led by men, which showcases a growing trend in American society—only two-thirds of U.S. homes are run by married couples as compared to the nearly 90% that fit this statistic in 1960, according to NBC News.
Some of the factors that may be contributing to this shift are: the growing number of babies born to unmarried couples (four in 10 births in 2008, according to Pew); higher divorce rates with more opportunities for child custody through an improved legal system; and an increase in the number of breadwinner moms that has nearly tripled the average amount of time fathers spend with their kids (from 2.5 hrs/wk in 1965 to 7.3 hrs/wk in 2011, according to Pew). In fact, 27 percent of fathers under the age of 30 are single parents.
Though the number of single dads in on the rise, they are still vastly outnumbered by single moms, which consisted of 8.6 million households in 2011. Pew found that single dads are more likely to be less educated and older than single moms, make more money, and live with a partner (41 percent of single fathers versus 16 percent of single mothers).
Image: Father and son, via Shutterstock
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Monday, July 2nd, 2012
The actress Katie Holmes, who has filed for divorce from her movie star husband Tom Cruise, has reportedly requested full custody of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter Suri, PEOPLE.com is reporting:
In papers filed on Thursday in New York, the actress, 33, is seeking “primary residential custody” of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, according to TMZ.com.
Holmes cites the standard “irreconcilable differences” for the end of their five-year marriage and wants a “suitable amount” of child support from the 49-year-old star, TMZ reports.
Cruise’s rep issued a statement confirming that it was Holmes who filed for divorce and saying the Rock of Ages star is “deeply saddened.”
Image: Katie Holmes, via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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