State Can Seek Custody of A Child Without Evidence of Abuse
New Jersey’s Supreme Court just ruled that State authorities can seek custody of a child, even if there is no evidence of abuse or neglect. This ruling comes in relationship to a woman and her 9 year-old twins. Her daughters have psychological and developmental issues that she didn’t feel she was capable of managing.
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The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled this week that authorities can seek custody of a child, even where there’s no evidence of abuse or neglect.
The case involved a divorced Camden County mother of 9-year-old twin girls. In 2007, she asked New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency for help, claiming she was unable to care for the girls who had psychological and developmental disabilities and needed to be placed in residential care.
“You can turn to the Division for help, but it may come with a cost,” says Diana Autin, executive director of Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey. The group filed an amicus brief in the case. Continue reading…
Custody Hearing For Child Left After Murder-Suicide
Zooey Belcher is the daughter of former NFL player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Jovan Belcher killed himself and Perkins in a murder-suicide, leaving their 3 year-old daughter an orphan. Now the custody proceedings are garnishing a lot of media attention
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The high-profile custody hearing for Zoey Belcher continued on Thursday. Zoey is the daughter of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, who both died in a murder-suicide in December.
The packed courtroom heard from Sophie Perkins, Kasandra’s cousin, for the first time Thursday. Her testimony was compelling and extremely detailed.
Sophie Perkins explained how she arranged baby Zoey’s room in her home just outside Austin, Texas.
The 35-year-old shipped the furnishings from Zoey’s room in Belcher and Perkin’s Kansas City home to Texas. Perkins set up Zoey’s room with the curtains, crib, bedding, clothing and other personal items from the home where Jovan Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins to “help her get acclimated and feel comforted by her belongings.” Continue reading…
Grandmother Seeks Custody of Orphaned Child
Jovan Belcher’s 9 month-old daughter was left parentless after he killed her mother and himself in a murder-homicide. Now Belcher’s mother is seeking custody of the girl. She says it is important that both sides of the child’s family stay involved in her life.
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The mother of a Kansas City Chiefs player who killed his girlfriend and himself late last year, leaving his baby daughter an orphan, said in court Tuesday that relatives from both sides of the family should be involved in the girl’s life.
Cheryl Shepherd of West Babylon, N.Y., testified at hearings to decide who will get custody of the 9-month-old child of Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. Perkins’ cousin, Sophie Perkins Perkins of Pflugerville, Texas, also is seeking custody of the girl.
Shepherd was staying with her son and his girlfriend at the couple’s Kansas City home at time of the Dec. 1 shootings, and she testified Tuesday that she had a close, loving relationship with Kasandra Perkins. Continue reading…
Japan Finally Joins International Child Custody Treaty
Japan has long been criticized for not joining the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions. This treaty provides that any child under 16 taken from his home illegally must be returned to his original country of origin. Japan just barely ratified this treaty.
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Read more from The Wall Street Journal:
Japan’s parliament formally ratified on Wednesday an international treaty for settling international child custody disputes, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions, with domestic laws specifying its implementation.
The long-awaited ratification of the treaty, which demands the return of children under 16 to their country of “habitual residence” if they are wrongfully taken, prompted praise from abroad and gave hope to parents separated from their children.
“We would like to do our best to seek implementation within the year,” Yoshide Suga, the Japanese government’s chief spokesman, told a news conference. Continue reading…