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March 2013 Archives

35-year-old man wanted in New Jersey domestic violence case

A 35-year-old man from New Jersey is accused of holding his former girlfriend captive in January, shooting a weapon in her apartment while their child was there and taking off from the scene in his girlfriend's Honda Accord with a stolen weapon. According to authorities, they are looking for the suspect who faces numerous charges, including domestic violence, child endangerment, false imprisonment, auto theft and weapons crimes. Although the alleged incident of domestic violence happened in January, the woman, who is the mother of the man's two children, did not report it until Feb. 22. Authorities did not disclose the reason for the delay.

Clinton challenges Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

Bill Clinton has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn legislation that he claims harms gay couples who want to marry. Although Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 when he was president, he claims that family law challenges have shown that the law is obsolete and that it discriminates against same-sex partners.A Washington Post opinion piece written by the former president says that society has changed since he signed the DMA into law. He also says that he only signed the act to prevent even more negative legislation against gays. He asks the Supreme Court to overturn the law and allow federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a move that could affect the Supreme Court's ruling on California's gay marriage ban.

Divorce and the assets of children

Though almost all divorce litigation is resolved in settlement and though parents have great leeway in resolving divorce matters as they see fit, the policy still remains that child custody and child support determinations should always be made with the best interest of the child in mind. In New Jersey, a parent cannot waive child support or take actions that would deprive a child of assets that the child legally is entitled to own.

Violence Against Women Act renewed by Congress, sent to Obama

Many people in the United States live with domestic violence as an everyday occurrence because they believe they have nowhere else to go. Fortunately, those who encounter difficult times can take advantage of assistance programs run by local or state governments and nonprofits. Now that the Congress has finally renewed a bill dedicated to reducing domestic violence, many of these programs will finally receive the funding they so desperately need.

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