Does A Stepdad Have A Shot At Gaining Child Custody?

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Question: I have raised my stepdaughter since she was 5 years old. I have supported her financially for the last 10 years as her biological father has been out of the picture her entire life. Unfortunately, my wife has started drinking heavily and I don’t think our marriage is salvageable.

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DadsDivorce Live: A Father’s Fight To Stop His Child’s Adoption

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Christopher Emanuel faced every unmarried father’s worst fear when he nearly lost his daughter to the adoption system despite his wishes. Fortunately, Emanuel was able to regain custody because he registered with South Carolina’s putative-father registry. Thirty-three states have a putative-father registry, which enables a man to declare himself as

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Divorce Dilemma: Choose Your Battles Wisely

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By Dad “X” Divorce is inherently combative. Unfortunately having attorneys writing letters back and forth is expensive and should be part of a consideration you show your ex should the question of you being combative comes up in court. With every outrageous breaking of a divorce decree or parenting plan,

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Adoption System Nearly Robs Father Of Daughter

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Recently, the Atlantic published a captivating story written by Syracuse University law professor Kevin Noble Maillard about the child custody case of Christopher Emanuel. The story exposes how the adoption system can potentially rob a caring and loving father of all his parental rights before he even knows what hit

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Seeking Child Custody As An Unwed Father

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Men often face an uphill battle in family courts because of antiquated gender stereotypes, but that hill is even steeper for unwed fathers seeking custody of their children. Over the last 50 years, the number of children born to unmarried parents has exploded. Since 1960, the share of births to

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DadsDivorce LIVE: Shared Parenting Breakthrough In Utah

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Across the country, there is a movement to enact shared parenting laws that would help level the custody playing field for divorced parents. The shared parenting movement achieved a significant breakthrough last month when House Bill 35 went into effect. The bill combats the outdated family court tradition of awarding

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More States Considering Shared-Parenting Legislation

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There has been a strong push in many states during the first half of 2015 to implement more balanced child custody laws that would lead to more equal parenting time after divorce. The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted this movement and noted that nearly 20 states are considering measures that would

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