Child custody

March 29, 2018 - 2:47 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Adoption and foster care organizations contracting with Kansas welfare officials would be allowed to refuse placements to gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs under a bill that has passed the Senate. The bill that passed Thursday on a 28-12 vote now heads to the...
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March 12, 2018 - 2:35 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gay rights advocates in Oklahoma are launching a campaign to stop a bill they say will codify the ability of religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples seeking to adopt. Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson said Monday the bill is...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2014, file photo, the media attend a press briefing where Thai police display projected pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal during a press conference at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand. The Japanese father of the surrogate babies Mitsutoki Shigeta is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin and earns millions of dollars a year in dividends. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
February 21, 2018 - 10:31 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2014, file photo, the media attend a press briefing where Thai police display projected pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal during a press conference at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand. The Japanese father of the surrogate babies Mitsutoki Shigeta is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin and earns millions of dollars a year in dividends. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
February 20, 2018 - 10:24 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered. Mitsutoki...
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February 17, 2018 - 4:32 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — A transgender Ohio teen's grandparents have been granted custody and will be allowed to decide whether the 17-year-old can pursue hormone therapy at a hospital after he's evaluated by a psychologist not affiliated with the hospital, a judge in Cincinnati ruled Friday. Judge Sylvia...
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In this undated photo, Paul and Chantele Montover pose for a photo with their daughter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The birth mother of the 18-month-old girl, who agreed to be paid as a surrogate to have the baby, is not legally the child's parent, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in an emotional case that concluded surrogacy contracts can be enforced in Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)
February 16, 2018 - 3:53 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The birth mother of an 18-month-old girl, who agreed to be paid as a surrogate to have the baby, is not legally the child's parent, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday in an emotional case that concluded surrogacy contracts can be enforced in Iowa. The ruling means the girl...
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December 19, 2017 - 2:36 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge retired after his objections to handling adoption cases involving same-sex couples met with criticism, but that didn't shield him from a parting rebuke from a disciplinary commission, which reprimanded him Tuesday. Former Judge W. Mitchell Nance, who raised...
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Attorney Rebecca Copeland, left, who is representing a divorced lesbian woman who wants to dissolve parental rights, argues in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. National gay rights advocates are watching how the case plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state's highest court, experts say. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to and is appealing a family court ruling denying that request. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
December 14, 2017 - 6:39 pm
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple fighting over child support in a closely watched case agreed Thursday that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue but disagreed over whether both spouses gave it. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her...
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Kim Silvers, left, hugs her daughter, Emily, while speaking during a graduation ceremony from the Appalachian Judicial Circuit family drug court program in Ellijay, Ga., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. "I went into this program and I was kid-less, jobless, broken, I didn't have anything," said Silvers, her eyes moist. "It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But it is the most rewarding." Without it, she said as her daughters stood behind her, "I would be dead right now." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
December 12, 2017 - 3:58 pm
ELLIJAY, Georgia (AP) — The First Baptist Church auditorium was filling with an expectant crowd, friends and family who had been through so much. Kim Silvers' three young daughters were there, all dressed up and eager for the graduation, hoping to mark the end of years of heartache visited on them...
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Kim Silvers, left, hugs her daughter, Emily, while speaking during a graduation ceremony from the Appalachian Judicial Circuit family drug court program in Ellijay, Ga., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. "I went into this program and I was kid-less, jobless, broken, I didn't have anything," said Silvers, her eyes moist. "It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But it is the most rewarding." Without it, she said as her daughters stood behind her, "I would be dead right now." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
December 12, 2017 - 10:23 am
ELLIJAY, Georgia (AP) — The First Baptist Church auditorium was filling with an expectant crowd, friends and family who had been through so much. Kim Silvers' three young daughters were there, all dressed up and eager for the graduation, hoping to mark the end of years of heartache visited on them...
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