Joint Custody Becoming the Norm

Joint Custody Becoming the Norm

In the not-too-distant past, divorce usually meant the mother would receive sole custody of the children with the father allowed to see the children on the weekend or over holidays.

This practice appears to be going by the wayside and, if Wisconsin Court Records of the past 20 years are anything to go by, joint custody is becoming the norm.

A new study, published in the journal Demography, reviews the current custody environment in the United States.

Researchers report that the guiding principle of the “best interest of the child” has now become standard in deciding on custody matters.

This new posture overturns the divorce court philosophy that dominated most of the 20th century where most children ended up living with their mothers after their parents’ divorce — a philosophy that conformed to gender norms that viewed mothers as better caretakers of especially young children.

Since the turn of the millennium, the custody policy of many states has become gender-neutral and encourages the involvement of both parents.

Written by Rick Nauert PHD.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Biggest Divorce Settlement in History is FIled: She Now Has More Money Than Oprah

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The record for the world’s costliest divorce has been set by the separation of Russian billionaire Dimitry Rybolovlev and his wife Elena. A judge in Geneva has decided to award the wife a precise amount of 4,020,555,987.20 Swiss francs ($4,491,238,459.19 USD) according to media reports.

The ruling dictates that Rybolovlev, who resides in Monaco, should hand over half of the property deeds to their former homes in Cologny, a posh part of Geneva. He must also give her antique furniture and jewelry. He also lost custody of their 13-year-old daughter, Anna.

Rybolovlev’s wealth is estimated to be around $8.8 billion. He made his fortune in the potassium industry and, according to Forbes, is the world’s 147th richest man.

The divorce proceedings were initiated in 2008 by Elena in Geneva, where she lives. She asked for, and won a, freeze on part of her husband’s assets. It was applied on his majority ownership of the French football club AS Monaco, a stake in Bank of Cyprus worth $295 million and a home in Palm Beach, Florida, which had been purchased from Donald Trump and was worth $95 million.

Written by Liku Zelleke.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Iran Cleric Condemns ‘Satanic’ Divorce Parties

A senior Iranian cleric on Friday called divorce parties a “satanic” Western import and a “poison” for Islamic society.

Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, Tehran’s Friday prayer leader, was referring to the Western phenomenon of holding parties to celebrate the dissolving of a marriage, a practice that has recently emerged in the Islamic republic.

Kashani told worshippers that marriage is a sacred bond and that Western practices like divorce parties undermine family values.

Iranian media in recent days have reported on extravagant preparations for such parties, including black roses and cakes.

“Unfortunately, divorce parties are being organized as of recently… This is very dangrous. It’s a poison for the Islamic civilization and society,” Kashani said in his Friday prayer sermon, which was broadcast live on state radio.

“Men and women who hold divorce parties are definitely satanic,” he added.

Kashani urged young people to avoid adopting Western practices and to protect their local cultural achievements and traditions.

“Disintegration of family and lechery are related to the disgraceful Western civiliation … Western-style freedoms are wrong,” he said.

The website of Iran’s state TV called the emergence of divorce parties in Iran “the latest gift from the West.”

The conservative daily Jomhuri-e-Eslami earlier this week said wealthy divorced couples go to a central Tehran street to order black roses, cakes and invitation cards, one of which reads “I don’t miss you at all.”

The paper said demand for such cards has significantly increased over the past two years.

According to media reports, Iran saw a 4.6 percent rise in divorce last year. Some 20 percent of Iranian marriages now end in divorce, which is permitted but discouraged under Islamic law.

Written by Ali Akbar Dareini.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Roman Catholic child abuse record under spotlight at United Nations

UN Committee Against Torture – report due 23rd May 2014

The UN committee against torture will report on today on the Holy See’s record on torture.

During exchanges on 5th and 6th May 2014 members of the committee against torture repeatedly pressed the Vatican representative on it’s record on child abuse.

The committee are likely to recognise the sexual abuse of minors and women by clergy as torture within the definition of the convention.

Committee members accused the Holy See of having effectively allowed child abuse by clerics to go unpunished with weak systems of investigation, punishment and high level failures to report allegations to the police.

Since 2001 the Roman Catholic Church has been engulfed in child abuse scandals in almost every country worldwide involving not only abuse by priests but also Bishops and the Vatican covering up child abuse.

Published on childabuselaw.co.uk.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

An article about child and spousal abuse written by Author Clara B. Ray

It is my pleasure to introduce Author Clara B. Ray. I asked Clara to be a guest on this blog and to write an article about child and spousal abuse. I hope her article will help spread the word about the terrible abuse problems we have in the USA, as well as all over the World. Perhaps, we all need to be more observant and report suspected abuse to the proper authorities. I believe the legal systems need to implement much stricter laws with severe sentences for the offenders. Also, I encourage people to treat others with kindness and respect, just as we all want to be treated. Welcome, Clara, and thank you for writing the following article.

Clara B. Ray, indie author, writer, and poet. The fifty-six year old mother of two and grandmother of three, has published four books of poetry. Clara’s experiences as a previous volunteer victim advocate and a child abuse survivor, flavor her writings with a sweet poignancy of hope, courage, and inspiration. Her books and contact information can be found on her website: http://www.clarabpoetry.com.

My childhood exploded almost nightly, literally, with violence. A dark drama I lived with an abusive, violent, alcoholic father; who kept lining us up with his loaded shotgun, deciding if he was going to shoot us, like he did the rabbits that he killed when he took us hunting with him. I emerged as a teenager who needed drama, to recreate scenes that would give me a new ending: A father who saw my worth, and loved me instead of trying to shoot me.

It took years in therapy as an adult for me to reconcile all the unresolved issues of my father’s abuse to his children, and the violence I witnessed him doing to my mother.

Now, all the dark drama of Daddy, his abuse, and his gun… are in my pen. I keep it there and only there, as I write from deep within, converting those emotions to whatever topic that I’m writing about.

Published on dallasadizon.blogspot.com.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Does Poverty Cause Child Abuse?

Poor parents are no more likely to hurt or neglect their kids, the author argues. They’re just more likely to be punished for failings both real and imagined.

Cornell University released a large study last month positing that poverty causes higher instances of child abuse and neglect. Considering the advance publicity, it seemed to me that the average reader might overlook the crucial role that socioeconomic and racial biases play in determining which families come under the scrutiny of the child welfare system to begin with.

While poverty is widely recognized as a risk factor in abuse and neglect cases, it is by no means a cause of abuse and neglect. Children are just as likely to be abused or neglected in wealthy homes as in poor ones. However, wealthier white families are simply not under the same scrutiny that brings families of color of low socioeconomic status to the attention of child welfare authorities.

Is this increased scrutiny due to societal or systemic factors that make living conditions worse for minority families? Or is it due to implicit biases? Disproportionate minority representation of children of color in foster care is a complex one with many contributing factors. But as much as people may want to deny it, this is due in part to implicit bias and choices that are made by decision-makers who encounter these families. Consider the brief released in June 2011 by University of Chicago research institute Chapin Hall, which argued that that foster care placement is needed to protect black children from the “self-destructive behavior” that occurs in “racially segregated impoverished enclaves.”

Written by Dawn Post.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

The staggering cost of silence: child abuse victims and stolen innocence

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The well-groomed neighborhood was lined with a green umbrella of trees that swayed in the warm winds of summer as the last remnants of a long, hard winter faded.

The white house on the corner had seen better days and the front lawn was dotted with bare patches where neglect had invited an invasion of pests.

Opening the front door the morning light illuminates an array of toys and wrapping paper strewn about a well-furnished family room. Just ahead above the dining room table a birthday banner hovered over a half eaten cake and scattered cups and plates. As the quiet of the scene establishes its reign down the hallway covered in brown carpet the muffled cries of a young child could be heard.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 girls and1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

As the door opened to the back bedroom door a man emerged securing a belt around the faded jeans he wore.

Written by Jerome Elan, Michael Reagan.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.