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Idaho high court: Unmarried gay partner has no custody right

The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner. In the ruling handed down Wednesday, the unanimous court said that because Jane Doe's former partner is the one who was artificially inseminated and conceived the baby, and because the two women weren't married...

Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows Washington to meet those requirements was signed into law with little fanfare. The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously after Spokane Valley Republicans proposed amendments to ease concerns that Washington residents could somehow be subjected to Sharia law – the Islamic legal system based partly on the Quran – in conflict with the state and federal constitutions.

ID take note: WA child custody law signed

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support rulings is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, a bill that allows Washington to meet those requirements was signed into law with little fanfare.

Medical marijuana patient can get custody of daughter

Billy Fisher doesn’t have to choose between his 16-month-old daughter and the medical marijuana he takes to manage his chronic back pain. In a case that could have implications in custody cases for parents who are medical marijuana patients, a Spokane County Superior Court judge sided with Fisher and said the state can’t require him to take inpatient chemical dependency treatment as a condition of gaining custody of his young daughter.

Idaho grandparents may get stronger custody rights

Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill intended to help grandparents and other relatives get custody of children whose parents have been caught up with substance abuse or incarceration.

Couple Denied Custody After Troubled Flight

An Arizona couple used excessive force in disciplining their two newly adopted Russian children on the flight home from Moscow, a judge ruled Wednesday, temporarily denying them custody. Family Court Judge Joseph Lauria said the actions of Richard and Karen Thorne against the two 4-year-old girls are "indicative of a pattern of behavior that places the children in imminent risk."

Decision To Give Girl To Murderer Upheld

A Florida appeals court Friday upheld a decision by a trial judge transferring custody of a girl from her lesbian mother to her father, who served eight years in prison for murdering his first wife 22 years ago. In a unanimous opinion, the 1st District Court of Appeal said that "competent and substantial" evidence supported the trial judge's ruling last year that "conduct" at the mother's house was harmful to the girl, then 11, and that she was better off living with the father. Lawyers for the mother, Mary Frank Ward, 47, of Pensacola, said they would appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.

Lesbian Gives Up Custody Battle

A lesbian who lost custody of her son because of her sex life abandoned a three-year battle to get the boy back from her own mother Thursday. "She just didn't want to go through this ordeal again," explained Sharon Bottoms' attorney, Donald Butler.