The U. S. Supreme Court is not the normal venue for hearing cases involving custody battles, but a military family law attorney and client are appearing before the nation's highest court to request that a child be brought back from overseas and the venue of a custody case be changed to Alabama. The Army Sergeant First Class who initiated the case was married to a woman with United Kingdom citizenship. When their daughter was born in Germany several years ago, the child was granted dual citizenship with the United States and the United Kingdom. The father left to go to Afghanistan and the mother traveled home to Scotland. On the father's return from combat duty, the husband, wife and child moved to Alabama. However, the reunion was short-lived.
A Texas woman was arrested in a child custody case during which it was alleged she took her child illegally from the state of Texas and transported him to Alaska. The Sitka, Alaska, Police Department arrested the woman, acting on a request from the United States Marshals Service for allegedly abducting her son in Amarillo, Texas. She was wanted at the time in Amarillo for interference of custody. The child has been placed with children's services pending his return to the lower 48 where he will be reunited with his father. The woman was to be arraigned on charges in Sitka Superior Court. There is no word on possible extradition to Texas to face charges at this time.
With the recent focus on parents who are not paying their child support and the crackdown on the part of law enforcement to bring these parents to justice, the fact that many of these parents are struggling with financial problems may be ignored. However, a new program designed to work with those parents may help support family law enforcement as well as the parents who are unable to pay child support. The Non-Custodial Parent Program is administered by Workforce Solutions. The program assists parents in finding a job so that they can make their child support payments. The Rio Grande Valley office of the NCP Workforce Program is currently the top-performing agency in the state, collecting over $10 million in child support payments in the past seven years.
When it comes to deciding to end a marriage, people have to think about asset and property division -- and how to share the things that cannot be divided, such as children or pets. Sometimes, however, couples elect to keep some assets and share them, often for practical rather than sentimental reasons.