Latest Child custody News

New migrant facilities crop up to ease crowding, again

Apr. 18, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

For the third time in seven years, U.S. officials are scrambling to handle a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, leading to a massive expansion in emergency facilities to house them as more kids arrive than are being released to close relatives in the United...

California woman says she drowned children to protect them

Apr. 16, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman admitted killing her three children, saying she hugged, kissed and apologized as she drowned her infant daughter and the girl’s 2- and 3-year-old siblings last weekend to save them from what she said would be a lifetime of sexual abuse. ...

Joplin man takes plea in shooting death of son's girlfriend

Apr. 16, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — A man who shot and killed his son's girlfriend during a dispute over custody of his grandchildren agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the case. Rickey Lamb, 62, accepted the plea deal Thursday in the June 2019 death of 32-year-old Sarah...

A bitter custody battle and 3 young lives lost in California

Apr. 13, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erik Denton was supposed to see his three young children last Sunday, the one day every other week that he was allowed to be with them. Three-year-old Joanna, her 2-year-old brother, Terry, and 6-month-old sister, Sierra, had been staying with their...

Kanye agrees with Kim on joint custody in divorce response

Apr. 12, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West agrees with Kim Kardashian West that they should have joint custody of their four children and neither of them need spousal support, according to new divorce documents. West's attorneys filed his response Friday in Los Angeles Superior...

Correction: California-Dead Children story

Apr. 12, 2021 16:44 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story April 11, 2021, about a custody dispute involving three children slain in Los Angeles, The Associated Press misspelled the father’s first name. He is Erik Denton, not Eric.

4 girls, 12 and 14 years old, accused of setting house fire

Apr. 11, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

FERNDALE, Pa. (AP) — Four teenage girls ranging in age from 12 to 14 have been arrested on juvenile court charges of setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied western Pennsylvania house earlier this month, sending a police officer and a firefighter to the hospital, authorities said. ...

Woman in same-sex relationship wins appeal over kid custody

Apr. 02, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who gave birth to twins during a same-sex relationship is considered a parent for the purpose of custody, even if she has no genetic ties to the girls, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled. It's a victory for Lanesha Matthews, who appealed after a...

White House says it's working on access to migrant centers

Mar. 28, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to provide a specific date for when the media will get access to Border Patrol facilities temporarily holding thousands of migrant children seeking to live in the United States, but said Sunday the Biden administration was...

Ruling denying adoption by same-sex Nebraska couple reversed

Mar. 26, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday reversed a ruling by a lower court judge who denied a same-sex couple’s petition to adopt a child, based not on state law but on the legal definition of “wife” that he pulled from a law dictionary. The...