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June 7, 2011
IF ARLENE ACKERMAN had ever been through a messy divorce, she would have learned to play the joint-custody game. She would have known to dress the kids in runover shoes and threadbare coats just before their dad picked them up for the weekend. She would know that you never go to the courthouse in designer jeans to petition for more child support. That's how you play the joint-custody game. Each parent hides assets and exaggerates liabilities while the kids play the part of flyspecked waifs.
NEWS
December 25, 1988 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
In the annals of joint custody, it is written that one child is entitled to two sets of toys, dual wardrobes and twin beds - one in mom's house and one in dad's. As the work world began to be shared, so, too, did custody arrangements. No longer were all divorced mothers at home to provide full-time care, and some divorced fathers wanted to be a part of the parenting chores on a regular basis. Today, however, joint custody has lost some of its allure as courts are looking anew at what's best for children.
NEWS
April 23, 1989 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
For years, New Jersey divorce courts generally have assumed that children 7 years old and younger are better off with their mothers. That could change with a new bill being sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Faith Kalik (D., Burlington). Kalik's bill (A-4324) would make joint custody the first consideration in divorce proceedings. The bill would help wipe away what has been considered an unfair aspect of state law, according to Marlene Lynch Ford, counsel for the Assembly Democrats.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
A story in Thursday's Inquirer incorrectly described the financial terms of contract for the scrapping of the USS Forrestal. The Navy is paying All Star Metals 1 cent under the arrangement. An article Thursday that referenced Camden mayoral candidate Clyde Cook's custody dispute did not include the most recent court decision. On Oct. 17, a New Jersey Superior Court judge awarded Cook and his wife, Tanisha, joint custody of their four children.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A divorced Burlington County woman has to prove that it is in the best interest of her children before she can legally change their names, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday. In doing so, the high court quoted ancient Roman doctrine saying a name is "one of the most permanent of possessions; it remains when everything else is lost. ... When one dies it is the only part that lives on in the world. " "Without a name a person is nothing," the Supreme Court noted in quoting the maxim.
NEWS
November 19, 1991 | By Maureen Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Cape May County woman who told police that she was unable to rescue her infant son and 6-year-old daughter from a house fire was charged yesterday with their deaths. Bernadette Jordan, 31, of Erma, was charged by Lower Township police with suffocating Michael Jordan Jr., 15 months, and Frances, a first grader at St. Anne's Catholic School in Wildwood. Investigators with the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said they thought Jordan, after smothering the children, had set fire to the house either in a suicide attempt or to conceal the killings.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF
All the celebrisphere is abuzz with the sad yet long-expected news. Katie Holmes, 33, and Tom Cruise, 49, are divorcing, according to People mag and their reps. Reports from the front say she's hired a lawyer, filed the papers on Thursday — five days before the guy turns 50 — and wants sole custody of their daughter, Suri, 6. That renewed the notion, passed along by TMZ.com, that Katie didn't want Suri to get involved in Tom's Scientology (to which, BTW, Kate did convert). Poor Tom. He was evidently clueless about Katie's intentions, according to TMZ As evidence, the Web site ran pics of the two strolling hand in hand in Iceland just two weeks ago, with smiles that suggest no impending nastiness.
NEWS
January 22, 2012 | Associated Press
TRENTON - The legal wrangling continues in a divorced southern New Jersey woman's bid to change her children's last name. A state appellate court has overturned a lower court's order that gave the Burlington County woman permission to give her last name to the couple's two children, who took their father's surname at birth. The three-judge appellate panel ruled Friday that the judge who issued the order wrongly presumed the mother should prevail because she is the children's "parent of primary residence.
NEWS
December 19, 1995 | By Andrea Hamilton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Bensalem man who allegedly kidnapped his daughter from his estranged wife two years ago and has been hiding out ever since turned himself in to police in Merced, Calif., on Friday. Robert Anthony Bondello, 38, had taken his daughter, Krystle, on a trip to Chicago in August 1993 and never returned. According to the FBI, Bondello fled with Krystle to California, where he took a job in an auto body shop in Merced and enrolled Krystle in school, both of them going by assumed names.
NEWS
November 24, 2006 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Claudia Librett, the Main Line mother charged with kidnapping her daughter and fleeing to Canada to avoid a bitter custody battle, had something to be thankful for yesterday. "I'm glad to get out of jail," a tired-sounding Librett said from the home of relatives in Haverford, Montgomery County, where she spent Thanksgiving. Librett, 52, said she was released from prison Wednesday night after agreeing to cooperate with law enforcement officials. The officials are seeking information about anyone who may have helped her during three years on the run. Librett had been in prison since Aug. 9. The Piscataway, N.J., home of Librett's attorney, Toby Kleinman, was searched by detectives earlier this week, according to broadcast reports.
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November 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Colorado forwards Danny Briere and Max Talbot will return to the Wells Fargo Center to face their former Flyers teammates on Saturday night. Briere, 37, is especially ecstatic to return because he finally gets a chance to be with his three boys, ages 13, 15 and 16. Briere has joint custody, and the boys are being cared for by a nanny in his Haddonfield home. "The longest part of the season is from the beginning of camp to this first trip to Philly," said Briere, who has three points in 10 games but has been a healthy scratch for the last five games.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
A story in Thursday's Inquirer incorrectly described the financial terms of contract for the scrapping of the USS Forrestal. The Navy is paying All Star Metals 1 cent under the arrangement. An article Thursday that referenced Camden mayoral candidate Clyde Cook's custody dispute did not include the most recent court decision. On Oct. 17, a New Jersey Superior Court judge awarded Cook and his wife, Tanisha, joint custody of their four children.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Did you hear the one about the man who burned his wife's wedding dress in a backyard bonfire the night she left him? How about the couple, divorcing after 40 years of marriage, who amicably divided their retirement accounts but couldn't agree on who would keep the painting of the little girl on a swing? Or the lesbian couple who sought legal review of their contract with a sperm donor - who happened to be the brother of one of the women? These are not setups to jokes swapped at the bar association cocktail party.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A divorced Burlington County woman has to prove that it is in the best interest of her children before she can legally change their names, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday. In doing so, the high court quoted ancient Roman doctrine saying a name is "one of the most permanent of possessions; it remains when everything else is lost. ... When one dies it is the only part that lives on in the world. " "Without a name a person is nothing," the Supreme Court noted in quoting the maxim.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012
* GUYS WITH KIDS. Previews 10 p.m. Wednesday. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 26. YOU REMEMBER those ubiquitous promos last spring about the "dudes" support group from "What to Expect When You're Expecting," the movie somehow wrested from a book of advice for pregnant women? Imagine each of those spots had lasted a half-hour, with breaks for other commercials. Then subtract Chris Rock from that mental picture. You now have a pretty clear idea of what to expect from NBC's "Guys With Kids," which gets a special launch Wednesday right after "America's Got Talent" before taking up residence at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF
All the celebrisphere is abuzz with the sad yet long-expected news. Katie Holmes, 33, and Tom Cruise, 49, are divorcing, according to People mag and their reps. Reports from the front say she's hired a lawyer, filed the papers on Thursday — five days before the guy turns 50 — and wants sole custody of their daughter, Suri, 6. That renewed the notion, passed along by TMZ.com, that Katie didn't want Suri to get involved in Tom's Scientology (to which, BTW, Kate did convert). Poor Tom. He was evidently clueless about Katie's intentions, according to TMZ As evidence, the Web site ran pics of the two strolling hand in hand in Iceland just two weeks ago, with smiles that suggest no impending nastiness.
NEWS
January 22, 2012 | Associated Press
TRENTON - The legal wrangling continues in a divorced southern New Jersey woman's bid to change her children's last name. A state appellate court has overturned a lower court's order that gave the Burlington County woman permission to give her last name to the couple's two children, who took their father's surname at birth. The three-judge appellate panel ruled Friday that the judge who issued the order wrongly presumed the mother should prevail because she is the children's "parent of primary residence.
NEWS
June 7, 2011
IF ARLENE ACKERMAN had ever been through a messy divorce, she would have learned to play the joint-custody game. She would have known to dress the kids in runover shoes and threadbare coats just before their dad picked them up for the weekend. She would know that you never go to the courthouse in designer jeans to petition for more child support. That's how you play the joint-custody game. Each parent hides assets and exaggerates liabilities while the kids play the part of flyspecked waifs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2010 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
WHILE Charlie Sheen hasn't officially severed ties yet with "Two and a Half Men," he has cut the cord with his two children from his marriage to Denise Richards. TMZ.com reports that Charlie has surrendered legal custody of 6-year-old Sam and 4-year-old Lola to his ex. Up to now the oft-feuding pair had joint custody. The move was reportedly Denise's idea since Charlie is dealing with legal problems, marriage problems and possibly drug and hooker problems. Charlie agreed with no drama.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2007 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
M.J. ends fight over family items Michael Jackson has given up a legal campaign to block a Florida luggage transportation company, the Universal Express Inc., and Guernsey's Auction House from selling a treasure trove of 1,000 Jackson family items, said to be worth $50 mil. Michael's legal team yesterday told a Las Vegas court that they had reached a confidential agreement with the three parties. The stuff, which includes the former King of Pop's gold record for Thriller, was initially in the hands of an ex-biz partner who had won it in a bankruptcy case against M.J. The New York Post and TMZ.com have said Michael's real worry wasn't the collection, but a few embarrassing items, including sex toys and portraits of naked kids.
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