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Parents Splitting Up in Japan Will Soon See Big Custody Shift

They'll be able to file for joint custody starting in 2026; previously, one parent was granted custody

(Newser) - Parents splitting up in Japan will soon be able to do what parents in many other developed nations already can: File for joint custody of the kids. On Friday, the country's parliament voted to make it so via an alteration to Japan's civil code, the first change to...

There's More Weirdness in the Grimes-Elon Musk Relationship
Grimes-Musk Battle
Over Kids Heats Up

Grimes-Musk Battle Over Kids Heats Up

Singer wants Musk's Texas parental-rights complaint dropped, as she lives in California

(Newser) - The legal tussle over the three young children shared by Grimes and Elon Musk took a new turn last week, when the Canadian singer asked a judge in Texas to throw out the Tesla/SpaceX CEO's child custody complaint filed there. Grimes (legal name: Claire Boucher) said in her Oct....

Sharon Stone: Basic Instinct Scene Cost Me Custody of Son

Actor says divorce judge cited film's famous scene, which she claims she was tricked into

(Newser) - Sharon Stone says she initially didn't know her vagina would be on display in that famous scene from 1992's Basic Instinct. As she wrote in her 2021 memoir , she was told she needed to remove her panties due to lighting issues and only discovered a camera had been...

He Got Custody of His Young Daughter, Then Fatally Shot Her

Angel Ahearn's grandmother is now slamming Tennessee's child services

(Newser) - Six years ago, Angelique Ahearn's mother was killed in a Halloween car crash in Tennessee, and since the accident, her maternal grandmother, Monica Dunning, had fought for custody of the girl. Now Dunning is furious at the state's Department of Children's Services after Angel's father, who...

American: I Was Arrested for Saying I'm a Hostage Victim

Carly Morris of California claims loss of freedom under Saudi Arabia's guardianship laws

(Newser) - A California woman turned to Twitter to warn women against visiting Saudi Arabia, where she said she and her 8-year-old daughter had been held against their will for three years, only to be briefly detained by Saudi authorities. Carly Morris was summoned to a police station in the city of...

Ex-Princess of Qatar Found Dead
Ex-Princess of
Qatar Found Dead

Ex-Princess of Qatar Found Dead

Kasia Gallanio had been battling for custody of her 3 daughters

(Newser) - A former princess of Qatar has been found dead in her bed in Spain. Polish-American Kasia Gallanio, who was once married to Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the 73-year-old uncle of the emir of Qatar, was discovered in the family's apartment in the resort city of Marbella on Sunday, reports...

Woman Accused of 'Very Disturbing' Plot to Gain Custody

Lacey Hucks, accomplice accused of planting child porn pics on Hucks' husband's phone

(Newser) - Child custody battles can get heated, and it's not unusual for parties to pull out all the stops to win the fight, but one Oklahoma mom may have gone a step too far. KFOR reports that 33-year-old Lacey Hucks is now in custody and facing felony charges in Garvin...

Olivia Wilde Gets Served During Movie Presentation

She was handed child custody papers while onstage at CinemaCon

(Newser) - CinemaCon says it is reviewing security procedures after director Olivia Wilde was served with legal papers at the Las Vegas event—while she was onstage presenting the trailer for new movie Don't Worry Darling. When somebody came up from the front rows to hand Wilde the manila envelope marked...

Dubai Leader Loses Custody Battle Over 'Exorbitant' Abuse

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum isn't allowed direct contact with kids, either, per UK judge

(Newser) - First Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to his ex, in what was said to be the largest divorce settlement the UK has ever seen. Now, another victory for Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the half sister of King Abdullah II...

She Was a Domestic Abuse Victim. Her Ex Got the Kids

ProPublica takes a look at Julie Valadez's custody battle

(Newser) - In her mind, Wisconsin mother and domestic abuse victim Julie Valadez was being persistent in standing up for her four children. To a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge, she was uncooperative and unreasonable. According to many advocates at the intersection of domestic abuse and child custody, this is not an...

Before Finding Girl Under Stairs, Officers Found Her Bedroom

Father claimed it was only set up in case Paislee Shultis returned home: police

(Newser) - Police long suspected Paislee Shultis, a child missing for two years in New York , could be found in the home of her biological parents, who do not have custody of her. They just couldn't prove it—until a tip arrived Monday. "This tip was fresh, it was factual....

Judge Tells Mom She Can't See Son Until She's Vaccinated

Rebecca Firlit hasn't seen her 11-year-old since Aug. 10

(Newser) - Rebecca Firlit showed up to what she thought would be a typical child support hearing via Zoom; the Chicago mom has been divorced for seven years and shares custody of her 11-year-old son. She ended the hearing having lost her visitation rights due to her vaccine status in what the...

Ousted Judge a Blow to Brad Pitt Custody Cause

Actor loses time with kids previously awarded to him

(Newser) - Brad Pitt has suffered a blow in his child custody battle with Angelina Jolie. Per People , a judge who previously awarded the actor more time with the former couple's kids has been disqualified from presiding over the case. A three-judge panel sided with Jolie's attorneys, who argued Judge...

Man Charged With Shooting Ex-Wife While 4 Kids Slept

Texas' Aaron Wright denies involvement in shooting hours before custody hearing

(Newser) - A Texas man scheduled to attend a child-custody hearing within hours allegedly broke into his ex-wife's home and shot her four times Monday while their four children slept inside. Aaron Wright appeared Tuesday before a judge in Harris County, who described an elaborate plan that allegedly began with Wright...

Judge Tentatively Gives Brad Pitt Joint Custody

Angelina Jolie plans to fight on, and the decision affecting 5 children could change

(Newser) - Brad Pitt has won joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie. A judge allowed the adjustment in the existing custody agreement to permit Pitt more time with the actors' children, NBC reports. But the decision is not final, and Jolie, who filed for divorce in 2016, plans to press...

Jolie Says She Has 'Proof' Pitt Committed Domestic Violence

She and the kids are willing to testify, per court documents

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie says she and her children are ready to offer "proof and authority in support" of her claim that Brad Pitt committed domestic violence. Jolie has agreed to provide her own testimony, as well as the "testimony of minor children," according to leaked court documents filed...

Judge: COVID Rules Don't Inhibit Polyamorous Life

Mother objected to children's possible virus exposure from their father's new partner and her husband

(Newser) - British Columbia's pandemic restrictions are tough enough to understand, a judge says, before you throw in an alternative lifestyle. "The messaging accompanying these orders, and indeed the language of the orders themselves, is fraught with inconsistency and ambiguity," Justice Nigel Kent said in ruling that a divorced...

Black Couple Separated From Infant Son After Traffic Stop

NC cops say marijuana was found; the couple disputes that

(Newser) - A Black man says a deputy told him he would never again see his son during a traffic stop in North Carolina earlier this month. And he says he hasn't had custody of his 9-month-old in the three weeks since. Raymond Cheley Sykes, 34, and Kaila Boulware, 27, of...

Heidi Klum: I'm Taking This Fight to Court

The 'Next Top Model' host wants her four children in Germany

(Newser) - Heidi Klum is seeking legal action to have her four children accompany her to Europe for the filming of Next Top Model—a move her ex says is just too dangerous, People reports. The supermodel is asking for an emergency court hearing to have Leni, 16, Henry, 14, Johan, 13,...

Florida Mom: My Boy's Father Is a Virus Risk

Dawson Thilmony wants custody of their son until state of emergency is over

(Newser) - A Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the pandemic, claiming the boy's father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they're first-responders, the AP reports. Tabatha Sams has asked a judge to...

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