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FATHERS’ RIGHTS
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This is about fathers' rights law, and protecting the best interests of your children. It provides information, news and comments on laws, cases and strategies for life as a single father and winning your custody, access or child support case.

Archive for July, 2007

Taking Custody Away or Allocating It?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

In one custody case I had, the judge made these opening remarks. “God gave you both custody of your children. If you want me to take custody away from one of you, you better have some pretty good reasons.” I represented the father in that case and he got joint custody.

Brenda King did not fair so well when she represented herself and lost custody of her three children in a Washington state case. On appeal, she is arguing the state should have provided counsel to her. The case is being watched closely, by both the government, which may have to pay for lawyers in custody cases, and by the bar which may benefit from it.

Carol Murphy, on behalf of the state, argued in her brief, “The government is not intruding upon any liberty interests of the parents. It’s not taking away any parental rights; it’s merely allocating the collective right.”

We pay judges to decide custody. But is the judge taking custody away from one party or allocating custody between the two parties?

Judge Freezes Trust Account of Birkhead’s Custody Lawyer

Friday, July 13th, 2007

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles County has frozen more than half a million dollars in the client trust fund of Debra Opri, former attorney for Larry Birkhead in his custody battle.

This is money from a million-dollar deal that Birkhead signed with Bravo network. Birkhead sued Opri, claiming that she was supposed to pay the money to him. Instead she put the money in her trust account and sent him a huge bill for legal services.

The judge has tentatively ruled that the money belongs to Birkhead.

 
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