Child custody

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, gestures as a lawmaker raising a "No"-polling card during a meeting of the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building on same-sex marriage in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
June 30, 2017 - 5:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage after a short but emotional debate, bringing the country in line with many of its Western peers. Though Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, she paved the way for its passage by freeing other members of her...
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In this June 8, 2017 photo, Madison Bonner-Bianchi, center, poses for photos with her parents Mark Shumway, from left, Kimberli Bonner and Victoria Bianchi in Oakland, Calif. American courts have for decades granted some rights to grandparents, stepparents and others in children's lives, but parents have uniquely broad rights and responsibilities. Advocates say acknowledging a third parent reflects the realities of some families. Among them: a man seeking to remain in a paternal role after DNA shows someone else fathered the child he's raising; a terminally ill single mom joining forces with a couple to provide surviving parents for her child. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 18, 2017 - 9:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Madison's family clustered for a photo in a California courtroom, commemorating the day it finally became official that she has three parents. The adults she calls Mom, Dad and Mama were all there for her birth, after the women decided to have a child together and...
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June 18, 2017 - 8:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Courts, lawmakers or both in least 12 U.S. states have said that some children can have more than two parents, though there are differences in the details of what that means. There's no comprehensive list of three-parent cases. But here are some examples: ___ ALASKA: Alaska judges...
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This June 26, 2016 photo provided by the family shows Kevin Neubert, background center, and Jim Gorey with their adopted children, from left, Luke, Derek, Natalie, Zach, and Jacob at the Chicago Pride Parade. Following night classes to qualify as foster parents, Neubert and Gorey agreed in December 2011 to provide a temporary home for a newborn baby. A stay intended to last only for a few days was extended into several months, and Neubert and Gorey learned that the baby had four older siblings who were also in foster care. They eventually decided to adopt all five. (Nicole Gifford Baugh/Jim Gorey via AP)
June 17, 2017 - 12:09 pm
With tens of thousands of children lingering in foster care across the United States, waiting for adoption, Illinois schoolteachers Kevin Neubert and Jim Gorey did their bit. What began with their offer to briefly care for a newborn foster child evolved within a few years into the adoption of that...
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The Idaho Supreme Court building is seen in Boise, Idaho on Thursday, June 8, 2017. This week the state's highest court denied parental and visitation rights to a lesbian woman who raised a child with her former partner, because Idaho law generally doesn't afford unmarried same-sex parental figures the same rights it affords to grandparents and other blood relatives in custody disputes. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)
June 08, 2017 - 7:40 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner, reflecting state laws that have not been updated since same-sex marriage became legal in 2014. The couple raised the child together after splitting up in...
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June 01, 2017 - 4:59 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lesbian is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to recognize her as a legal parent of a child born during her marriage to a woman. Chris Strickland filed an appeal Thursday, arguing a lower court was wrong to rule in her 2016 divorce that only her ex-wife is a legal parent...
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May 22, 2017 - 7:03 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children...
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May 06, 2017 - 11:37 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Five other states have...
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