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January 2013 Archives

Ex-Dallas Cowboy wants speedier divorce, reduced child support

Deion Sanders was a powerful contributor to U.S. professional sports. Among other successes, Sanders helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to a win in SuperBowl XXX and also lent his considerable talents to several Major League Baseball teams.

Texas suit filed over custody of Jovan Belcher's daughter

A baby whose unmarried parents died in a well-publicized murder-suicide is at the center of a dispute between the child's grandparents. Child custody litigation is active in Texas and Missouri over the infant, whose father -- professional football player Jovan Belcher -- killed the child's mother and later turned the gun on himself.

Sperm donor will fight state over child support obligation

A man who donated sperm to help a same-sex couple have a baby is being held liable for support. The child support demand did not originate from the lesbian parents. The order came from child support enforcement officials in a state, like Texas, where same-sex marriages are not recognized.

Online adoption scams on the rise

Potential parents in Texas can become anxious and frustrated by traditional methods to adopt. Private adoptions are permitted by family law, but an intermediary between biological and adoptive parents must be authorized. Intermediaries include attorneys, physicians, mental health care and social workers and legitimate child placement agencies.