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Executive fights for his child after partner's suicide

Whether a person is a biological parent or not, there are ways to make sure that the rights of the parent are protected. In some cases, a father's custody rights may come into question, especially if he is a stepfather or not the biological father, as seen in a recent example. New Yorkers may be interested in a report about a local executive who is fighting for custody of his deceased girlfriend's 6-month-old boy. According to a release citing court documents on Jan. 18, the child was taken into state custody after the woman, 40, committed suicide on New Year's Day. The man apparently lived with the mother and the child at his apartment for more than two years.

Reality star seeks custody, child support in divorce

When a high-earning couple files for divorce, it creates a set of circumstances that a less well-heeled couple might not encounter. In a high asset divorce situation, if both individuals have well-paying jobs or careers or have amassed assets such as real estate, these factors have to be taken into consideration during asset division. In addition, if there are children involved, there will also be custody matters to settle.

New York family court orders trump criminal ones on child custody

Family courts in New York now have the ability to assign custody to parents who previously were barred by criminal court orders if those orders allow for future changes. The decision came at the end of 2012 and opened the door for parents who had improved their circumstances to obtain child custody when doing so is in the best interests of the child involved. This decision gives hope to certain parents who have lost their rights due to criminal charges.

Ashton Kutcher divorcing Demi Moore

Infidelity is one of the most common causes of marital discord, and many couples find themselves unwilling or unable to reconcile their differences when a spouse has strayed. In the case of a high-profile couple, it is often the case that pre-planning for the possible messy end to a hopefully blissful union has occurred. This is evident when a couple enters into a prenuptial agreement before they exchange vows and rings. A prenup provides the couple with asset protection if the marriage doesn't work out.

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