August 16, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice of privately transferring custody of unwanted adopted children to unrelated individuals. This practice, called re-homing or non-legalized adoption, has come under scrutiny recently following a report documenting the ...[read more]
November 22, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an order prohibiting a parent from having overnight visitation with his child in the presence of his long-term domestic partner failed to consider the best interests of the child. Arkansas courts had an established precedent of barring parents in ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a ...[read more]
May 15, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sued the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), social workers and doctors on Tuesday on behalf of a couple whose adopted child underwent sex assignment surgery while in the state's custody. The child, M.C., was born with "ambiguous genitals," ...[read more]
April 17, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl on who should have rightful custody of Baby Veronica in light of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). A non-Indian woman put her baby, who was fathered by an American Indian, up for adoption. A South Carolina couple ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Jerry Votava
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Chafin v. Chafin that a parent can appeal a custody ruling when a district court has determined the child's habitual residence is another country and the child has already been removed from the US. The issue in this case stems from a custody dispute ...[read more]
December 6, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Chafin v. Chafin, an international child custody dispute. The court will decide whether a parent can appeal in a custody suit when a district court has determined the child's habitual residence is another country and the child has already ...[read more]
December 5, 2012
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Preston Findlay, a representative for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, argues that the Supreme Court should hold that US courts have the power to handle appeals stemming for international child abduction cases...When the US Supreme Court hears argument ...[read more]
August 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case dealing with a parent's ability to sue for custody in the US when a court has determined that the child's normal residence is in another country, and the child has already left the US. In Chafin v. Chafin, US Army sergeant Jeffrey Lee Chafin ...[read more]

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