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Cases of Interest: Visitation
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GEORGIA: Brandenburg v. Brandenburg, No. S01A0638 (Ga. July 16, 2001).
The divorce decree precluded the father from visiting the children with his girlfriend, even if they should marry.
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INDIANA: Pence v. Pence, 22 Fam. L. Rep. (BNA) 1435 (Ind. Ct. App. 1996).
After the father was incarcerated on an eight-year sentence for conspiracy to commit battery, the mother filed an action seeking to terminate his visitation rights. The trial court granted the wife's request ex parte, without holding a hearing. Upon appeal, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed.
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MASSACHUSETTS: Kendall v. Kendall, No. SJC-07427 (Mass. Dec. 9, 1997)
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Chandler v. Bishop, No. 95-404 (N.H. Nov. 17, 1997)
Two recent cases have put the spotlight once again on the issue of disputes concerning the religious upbringing of children.
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MISSISSIPPI: Scruggs v. Saterfield, 23 Fam. L. Rep. (BNA) 1376 (Miss. 1997).
A recent case, however, has denied a 17-year-old girl visitation with her half-sibling brother after their mother's death where the boy's father objected to the visitation.
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MISSOURI: Ansevics v. Cashaw, 881 S.W.2d 247 (Mo. Ct. App. 1994).
The parties, the white Jewish wife and the black Christian husband, married in 1982. The parties adopted a biracial child, born in 1983. The parties agreed that the child would be raised according to the Jewish faith.
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PENNSYLVANIA: McDonald v. Quaglia, ___ Pa. Super. ___, 658 A.2d 1343 (1995).
The child, a resident of Pennsylvania, was born on June 10, 1989. The father's whereabouts were unknown. Unfortunately, subsequent to the date of the birth, the mother died in an automobile accident. On September 25, 1991, the maternal grandmother was awarded custody of the child.
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PENNSYLVANIA: Siliquini v. Kegel-Siliquini, 2001 Pa. Super. 312 (Pa. Super. Ct. Nov. 9, 2001).
The mother appealed a custody decision allowing the father to transport the four-year-old child for visitation by private airplane.
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NEW JERSEY: REM v. SLV (Ocean County, N.J., Super. Ct., Ch. Div., Nov. 2, 1998).
The general rule is that a former homosexual or lesbian cohabitant is barred from seeking custody visitation with the former cohabitant's child. This rule has been affirmed in a number of cases since the publication of the article.
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NEW JERSEY: V.C. v. M.J.B., 25 Fam. L. Rep. (BNA) 1223 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Mar. 5, 1999).
In New Jersey, the appellate division held that a woman's petition for joint custody of and visitation with the children conceived by her former lesbian partner through artificial insemination and born during their relationship should be judged under a "best interests of the child" test.
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VERMONT: Titchenal v. Dexter, 23 Fam. L. Rep. (BNA) 1224 (Vt. 1997).
We surveyed the rights of stepparents and unmarried cohabitants, including homosexual partners, to pursue visitation rights with children with whom they have established an in loco parentis relationship.
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