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Texas Family Law Foundation Eclips    Dec. 29, 2020



  CUSTODY/CHILD SUPPORT

Ohio Woman Charged After Hitting Deputy and Fleeing With Child

An Ohio woman is in the middle of a court case after striking a sheriff's deputy with her car and fleeing with her child during a custody exchange. The 19-year-old woman is charged with first-degree felonious assault and misdemeanor counts of child endangering, and interference with the custody of a child stemming. She is facing the charges in Toledo Municipal Court in connection with the Oct. 9 incident in which she hit a sheriff's deputy with her car.  Staff Report, Toledo Blade  12/08/2020

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Pandemic Challenges Could Affect Child Support, Custody Cases

Legal advocates in South Carolina are worried that unemployment related to the pandemic may impact child support and custody cases. Thousands of people in the state are struggling to find employment and housing, prompting concern that their situations could negatively affect their legal proceedings. Family courts prioritize parents with safe homes who are able to provide for their children, making it potentially more difficult for parents who are struggling during the pandemic.  Sara Coello, Charleston Post Courier  12/27/2020

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New Jersey Couple Loses Custody of Son During North Carolina Traffic Stop

A New Jersey couple whose child was taken from them after a traffic stop will return home with their child, though they are still fighting for custody. The child was taken from the parents after a Dec. 3 traffic stop in which North Carolina officers drew their guns, physically attacked the father, and accused the couple of possessing smoking pipes and a marijuana grinder. The parents, who claim to practice a religion prohibiting the use of drugs, say they were not using marijuana. The child will remain with his grandmother until the custody case is resolved.  Rebecca Panico, NJ.com 12/22/2020

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  FOSTER CARE

$2M Settlement Awarded To Woman for Sexual Abuse in Foster Care

The state of Washington will pay $2 million to a woman who alleges she suffered sexual abuse while in the state's foster care system as a child. According to the 28-year-old woman, she was abused for over a decade while in the foster care system in Benton County. The 2018 lawsuit was filed against the state, the Department of Social and Health Services and Child Protective Services, and the foster mother who later adopted the plaintiff. The settlement is believed to be the largest-ever sex abuse settlement in Eastern and Central Washington.  Allison Stormo, Tri-City Herald  12/21/2020

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Los Angeles Mother Files Suit Over 9-Year-Old's Death in Foster Care

The mother of a 9-year-old boy who died in foster care has filed suit against the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The boy died after suffering from asthma-related health issues. His mother alleges social workers should have protected the boy from the alleged abuse and neglect he suffered while in the care of his aunt and uncle. The lawsuit seeks more than $50 million in damages for the mother and her two other children.  Staff Report, MyNewsLA.com 12/28/2020

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  LAWS/CASES

Texas Man Charged With Fatally Shooting Wife, Injuring Stepson

A man from Spring, Texas, has been charged with fatally shooting his wife and injuring his stepson in an incident on Saturday. Law enforcement responded to the incident after the man reported that he had shot his wife. The woman was found dead on the scene with multiple gunshot wounds and the 10-year-old boy was found with a minor gunshot wound. The man was charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  Staff Report, Click2Houston  12/26/2020

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