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Domestic violence has no social status in Connecticut

As Connecticut couples go through their ever changing and growing roles in life, the relationship often strengthens. Sometimes, though, it breaks apart. Most relationships that end do so with few specific incidents. Some partners are unable to control their rage or heartbreak and result to violence to exert their will over the other partner. The NBA Clipper's center, Willie Reed, has recently been arrested on a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife, who expressed her desire for a divorce.

Reports indicate that the big man was booked at 3:07 a.m. after his wife reported to police that their verbal argument became physical. After telling her husband that she wished to leave, she says he told her to leave and then grabbed her purse, which caused her to fall off balance. Allegedly, he then proceeded to drag her through the apartment until the purse strap broke. Once the strap broke, she says she tried to run. It's claimed that he then grabbed her by her shirt, which then tore.

Parents lose child custody based solely on IQ

Many Connecticut parents today face raising their children in a world of diversity and acceptance. Understanding the limitations and differences of others and embracing and supporting them for who they are has been a viewpoint for many. Unfortunately, there are still those who see a cognitive or physical disability as a hindrance to parenting. When one parent suffers a psychological or cognitive disability, child custody can be an uphill battle, as one couple in another state has recently discovered.

A father with an IQ of 66 and a mother with an IQ of 72 were recently deemed mentally incapable by the state in which they live to raise and parent their two small boys. State child welfare has declared that for these two parents, their limited cognitive abilities could interfere with safely parenting their children. After removing both boys from the home, the state placed them in foster care, and they are now up for adoption.

Connecticut paternity and child support

Expecting a child can be a wonderful and highly anticipated event for the parents and other family members. Preparations for the new arrival often begin to take place almost immediately. Picking out baby names, nursery colors and finding suitable and affordable childcare can be an exciting and sometimes overwhelming task. For some Connecticut parents, the situation may not be one of excitement, as an impending divorce or the breaking off of the relationship with the other parent may overshadow the joy of the upcoming birth. For parents who are no longer living together, the primary caregiver may seek child support and/or a custody agreement to set visitation guidelines and to help ease the financial burden that raising a child can create.

A 45-year-old man in another state has been ordered to pay back child support for a child who is not his biological child. A paternity test disqualified the man as having any chance of fathering this particular child, but his home state says he is still obligated to pay the back child support. According to the state code in which he resides, an alleged parent is still responsible for child support payments until paternity is established, regardless if the test proves that the individual is or is not the father.

Domestic violence victims have resources in Connecticut

Relationships can prove to be difficult at times, but most Connecticut couples are able to work through the disagreements and move on. Some have a hard time controlling their emotions and let their anger get the best of them. When situations such as these arise, those involved can find the argument escalating from a simple clash of view points to a case of domestic violence without a way to escape the aggressor.

A 35-year-old man in another state is facing two felony domestic battery charges and a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance after an altercation with his wife. Reports indicate that the man grabbed his wife by her throat during an argument. The incident was allegedly committed in a manner to provoke or insult the victim.

Feeling like divorce is unfair? This might help.

Some Connecticut couples decide that the best solution to their marital problems is to sever their legal ties in court. What leads to one divorce may be entirely different the issues underlying another one. There are, however, certain emotions and feelings that many people say they experience when navigating the divorce process, regardless of how they wound up in court.

At the top of the list is feeling that the situation is unfair. Some say, if left to linger, this type of emotion can quickly turn into a downward spiral that keeps people from moving forward in life. Many people fall into depression and begin to let resentment, anger and disappointment guide their actions, which can lead to a number of additional problems.

Father of two in another state winds up in jail after divorce

Since not every marriage lasts a lifetime, it's crucial that Connecticut residents and those in other states know where to turn for support when problems arise. This is especially true for spouses who determine that divorce is their most viable option to resolving the differences between them. In fact, many people navigate challenges in divorce that are just as stressful (if not more) than the problems they faced during marriage.

There's a man in another state who actually wound up in jail after his former wife filed a complaint that he had disobeyed an existing parenting agreement. The father of two had recently taken his children on a small vacation to celebrate the Independence Day holiday in July. He and the kids reportedly spent the weekend with the children's paternal grandparents.

Teen heart-throb of old wins sole custody of son

Girls in Connecticut and across the nation used to swoon over singer, Paul Anka; in fact, some still may do so when they listen to his songs. Anka is also famous for penning one of Frank Sinatra's greatest hits, "My Way," which soared to the top of music charts and stayed there a long time. Anka has been thrust into the limelight once again; however, this time it's because of a personal issue. He recently won sole custody of his 11-year-old son.

The child's mother is also famous in her own right as Miss Sweden. Rumor has it that the boy is not very fond of his mom. Some say Anka pitted his son against his mother and his celebrity, money and power enabled his victory in court.

Domestic violence allegations stall Tavon Wilson's summer break

Connecticut football fans may have heard that several NFL players from one team have been having an apparently rough summer so far. One was suspended for controlled substance violations and another, safety Tavon Wilson, has been sued over an alleged domestic violence incident. The situation is complicated as police reports don't exactly line up with the allegations contained in the lawsuit.

The claim states that the mother of Wilson's child, who also happens to be Wilson's former girlfriend was knocked down on the ground and punched in her face by the professional football player. The woman also claims Wilson broke her nose. However, police records say she was actually the one who was arrested at the time the incident supposedly took place.

Don't let child custody problems ruin your summer time fun

For many people in Connecticut who divorce after a new year arrives, the onset of summer is truly like a breath of fresh air. Especially if they are custodial parents, they look forward to traveling with their children, building new and lasting memories and supporting each other as they adapt to their post-divorce lifestyles. Hopefully, communication with former spouses is amicable, as that tends to make everything child-related much easier. However, when child custody or visitation disagreements arise, summer fun might be put on hold. Overcoming such obstacles is often possible, if you know where to turn in a pinch for appropriate support.

There's no set law in this or any other state saying a divorced parent cannot travel with his or her children, unless of course there are extenuating circumstances that prompt the court to issue such an order. Generally speaking, many people include stipulations regarding summer and/or holiday travel in their custody agreements; others simply act respectfully to notify the other when planning to take children on vacation, then seek the court's approval of their plans when necessary. Problems can occur when one parent opposes the other parent's travel plans.

Child custody battle focused on what defines a parent

Not every child-related situation in Connecticut courtrooms involves married mothers and fathers. In fact, some child custody battles occur between people who were never married in the first place. An ongoing litigation in another state happens to be between two women.

Although some believe the custody fight over a young boy has to do with issues about the rights of same-sex couples, others say it's not about that at all. While the two parties are, in fact, women, and they did have a sexual relationship at one time, the principal issue is that one of the women legally adopted the boy (the parties separated about 18 months before the adoption was approved, and just one of the women completed the process) and the other eventually stood as his godmother. The adoptive mother of the child subsequently decided to move with him back to her native homeland in Great Britain, but the godmother initially halted those plans by filing an application in court the day before the mother and child were set to travel.