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Archive for July, 2009

Father Awarded $23,000 for Interference with Visitation

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Caryn Tamber tells the story in the Maryland Daily Record of Marius Aydanian and Antonina Aydanian, both of Bulgaria, who met when they were seeking political asylum in the United States.  They were granted asylum, married and moved to Indianapolis.  In 1998, Antonina enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.  Marius stayed in Indianapolis.  Antonina gave birth to their son.  In 2005, she obtained a Bulgarian divorce.

Marius was able to obtain a visitation order in the U.S. for two days a month and the summers.  However, Antonina sent the boy to Bulgaria for two summers in a row.

Marius filed suit in Montgomery County, Maryland, for intentional interference with visitation.  On July 1, 2009, after two and a half days of trial, the jury returned a verdict for Marius in the amount of $23,000.

In a 2008 case, Khalifa et al. v. Shannon, the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld a $3 million verdict in favor of a father for interference with visitation when his ex-wife and mother-in-law took their two children to Egypt.

Divorce Makes Dads Better Parents

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Jill Brooke has written an interesting blog at Parental Rights claiming that divorce makes dads better parents in some cases.

She says that, with married couples, sometimes the mom is the center of all children related activities.

However, when timesharing becomes rationed in a divorce, then dad gets more valued one on one time with the children.

She also credits technology, like cellphones, Facebook and videoconferencing, with allowing non-custodial dads to interact more with their children.

Straight Teeth and Success at School

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Having to pay for my kid’s braces, I particularly enjoyed Peter Erhlich’s blog at called, Kids Deserve Straight Teeth and Success at School.

“No matter where you and your ex are at this moment, there are non-negotiable child-related issues that you must immediately come to terms with, regardless of your relationship, politics or court agreement,” Erhlich says.

Chief among these, after love, are straight teeth and success at school.  To me, this is a metaphor for saying that it doesn’t matter what your differences with your spouse are.  It doesn’t matter what the order or agreement says.  If they need braces, you have to do what it takes to get them braces.  When your kids need you to be their dad, you have to do it.  Because you’re the dad.

Custody Fight Begins for Michael Jackson’s Children

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

“Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much,”  – Paris Katherine Jackson, ll year old daughter of Michael Jackson.

Get ready for the custody fight now for Paris and her two brothers, Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, seven, also known as “Blanket”.

The children are in the temporary custody of Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, who is 79 years old, as requested in Michael’s Will.

However, Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the two oldest children, says she intends to seek custody of all three children.  She gave up her parental rights to the children in her divorce from Michael Jackson in 2003, in which she received $8.5 million dollars as a settlement.  Jakson’s Will left nothing to Rowe, but if she does get custody, she would be guardian of the children’s inheritance while they are minors.

Quote for Today

Monday, July 6th, 2009

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Charles Wadsworth
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