Cordell & Cordell Custodial Interference Case Featured in Utah

fathers-rights-utahCordell & Cordell Utah attorney Jonathan Winn and his client Matthew Brown were interviewed on the epidemic of custodial interference in Utah, which has seen cases in the state nearly triple over the past 10 years, according to an investigative report by KSL News in Salt Lake City.

Utah law states that if a parent intentionally withholds a child from the other parent who is entitled visitation, they’ve committed a crime. But Mr. Brown, a Cordell & Cordell client who was the victim of custodial interference, told KSL News that he believes the law is rarely enforced against women.

“There’s nothing I’ve been through that’s harder than this,” he said.

Mr. Winn, who has been defending fathers’ rights in Utah for years, believes dads are the underdogs of the family court system.

“The many crimes that are out there, this is a crime against children which should be enforced by the courts,” Mr. Winn told KSL News.

Mr. Brown came to Cordell & Cordell with issues of receiving his parenting time. Due to the constant interference with custody, Mr. Winn filed a successful Petition to Modify Custody with Mr. Brown receiving full custody of his children, in addition to an award of attorney fees.

If you are a father dealing with custodial interference, contact a Cordell & Cordell fathers’ rights attorney today for helpful information and possible legal representation.

Click here to watch the full KSL News report.

Obesity a growing factor in child custody battles

Family lawyers in the U.S. have noted an increasingly popular argument that parents have presented to them in a custody battle, as the idea of a kid’s obesity being generated by a former spouse has become common, News Core reported.

Parents who are granted less custodial rights over their child, something that is typically the case for fathers, have sometimes been blamed for spoiling their child when they actually are able to see them.

“It’s come up quite a bit in the last couple of years,” a family law expert told the news source. “Typically, one parent is accusing the other of putting a child at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease—or saying that the child is miserable because he’s getting made fun of at school.”

This can sometimes have an effect on determining the custody rights for certain parents, as this type of blaming the other spouse can lead to a reduction in the amount of time that they are allowed to spend with their child, the Daily Mail reported.

Alabama program helps parents who owe child support

The Alabama Parenthood Initiative is a program that has been set up at Calhoun Community College to help parents from around the state stay ahead on their child support payments, according to the school’s website.

The program has helped many Alabama residents stay ahead on their payment programs, and provide their children with everything that they need, according to ABC 31 WAAY.

Nicholas Perkins is a father of one who was helped by this statewide initiative.

“It was designed to put non-custodial parents either back to work or to work in a better environment to allow them to pay back child support,” Calhoun spokeswoman Janet Martin told the news source.

The program helps with tuition and job placement, so that individuals are able to devote the rest of their resources to their child support payments and parenting, ABC 31 reported.

According to the news source, the program has been around for seven years and is still going strong, as up to a half million dollars has been paid back to children by people who were enrolled.

Fathers encouraged to stay in childrens lives thanks to community organizations

Child services organizations have often had a reputation for being the enemy of fathers and non-custodial parents, as the agency is usually the one seeking past due child support payments or seeking to incarcerate non-payers. However, some agencies are attempting to reach out to fathers in their communities to provide support, dispel myths and help these men become better parents.

One such organization is Lucas County Children Services in Ohio, the Toledo Journal reports. Recently, the agency hosted a town hall meeting at a local church. When fathers expressed personal problems at the event, someone from the organization was introduced to them to provide help.

Other fathers spoke up in praise of the organization.

“I’m here to tell you that the Children Services Board isn’t here to take your children,” Carl Christopher, a father of three, told meeting participants, according to the news source.

The agency helped him have the opportunity to clean up his life and after improving his situation, he was granted full custody of his children.

According to Fathers and Families, an agency devoted to promoting two-parent approaches to child custody, half of American children are growing up without a father in their homes due to divorce or unmarried parents. However, the agency feels that fathers often get inaccurately dubbed as irresponsible when misguided laws, government policies and judicial traditions also play a role.

Hawaii opens door to child support past age 23

The Hawaii Supreme Court recently upheld a 2006 ruling that forced a father to pay child support for his 25-year-old daughter who was blind and studying to become a flute teacher, The Associated Press reports.

Typically, child support ends at 18, but these payments can be ordered extended to age 23 if a child is going to school. However, the ruling has opened the door to court ordered child support and educational support that goes beyond age 23. Certain factors will be taken into account in each ruling, such as both parents’ financial situations and the ability of an adult child to contribute to educational expenses, according to the news source.

The family law attorney for the mother in the case told the AP that the ruling is significant because it will forever change the way the courts deal with child support.

Other states have come up with new laws recently to handle child support cases.

In Ohio, the Lorain County government is trying to collect old debts. Non-custodial parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments were granted amnesty during the month of September. If these parents paid at least one month’s worth of owed child support, as well as a $25 fee, the person could have their licenses reinstated by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Chronicle Telegram reports.