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March 12, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
James Cook, whose unhappy divorce led him to help write California's pioneering joint custody law three decades ago, died of natural causes Feb. 21 at a nursing facility in West Los Angeles. He was 85. In 1974, when Cook and his wife divorced, he asked for shared custody of their son but the law favored mothers as the primary custodian, with limited visiting rights for the father. "The judge thought it was preposterous," Cook told Time magazine in 2001.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
British model and actress Liberty Ross has reportedly filed for divorce from Rupert Sanders, the "Snow White and the Huntsman" director who infamously cheated on her last summer with actress Kristen Stewart. She's asking for joint custody of their 5- and 7-year-old children, spousal support and attorney's fees, in papers filed Friday in L.A. Superior Court, according to TMZ . Sanders, who filed his response Friday as well, also is seeking joint custody but wants to share the legal fees.
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OPINION
December 18, 1988 | Hugh McIsaac, Hugh McIsaac is the director of family court services for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County
New state legislation and recent studies put the question of child custody in the news again. Senate Bill 1306, recently signed into law by Gov. George Deukmejian, underscores California's commitment to securing an arrangement in the child's best interest, with no preference for joint or sole custody. This bill, along with two studies by the Center for Families in Transition in Marin County, have revived the issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
So much for "Forever in Love," Kenny G. Twenty years after that tune came out - and also 20 years after Kenneth Bruce Gorelick and Balynda Benson-Gorelick said "I do" - the smooth-jazz man has filed for divorce. The papers, filed Thursday and obtained by TMZ, cite irreconcilable differences and indicate he's seeking joint custody of their 14-year-old son, Noah. Kenny didn't exactly strike first. Balynda filed for legal separation back in January, according to E! News, a move that's reflected in the paperwork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997 | KATE FOLMAR
After years of limbo, Julie Gilmore is finally satisfied. The 22-year-old single mother has regained joint custody of her 5-year-old son. After reviewing an evaluation of Gilmore's Chatsworth apartment, Ventura County Superior Court Commissioner John H. Pattie on Thursday granted Gilmore and the boy's father joint custody of their son, Dillon. The boy's primary residence will be with his mother.
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
When Kim, a young woman in Southern California, decided to have a baby, she assumed that the child would be hers to bring up as she pleased. After all, she was not married to the baby's father, and by the time the baby was born she and her boyfriend had irrevocably parted. But her boyfriend thought otherwise, and the courts agreed. To Kim's dismay, the baby's father was awarded joint physical custody--the baby boy must spend part of each week with his father and part with his mother.
NEWS
January 21, 1989 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hofmann is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Sometimes, 8-year-old Jennifer Davis wakes up in the middle of the night and isn't sure where she is. Is it her mother's house in Anaheim, where she sleeps on a daybed in an upstairs bedroom? Or her father's in Westminster, where she sleeps in a canopy bed in the same room that she has had since she was a baby?
NEWS
November 18, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending an odd custody war that drew national attention, a surrogate mother on Friday was stripped of shared parental authority over her 5-year-old daughter when the judge ruled the child would be safer and healthier in the care of her biological father. Brushing aside the issues of surrogacy, Orange County Superior Court Judge John C. Woolley awarded primary custody to the father, Robert Moschetta of Los Alamitos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1991 | JUSTIN D. CALL, Justin D. Call is a pediatrician, adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a professor at UC Irvine. He has often been called by the courts to testify as an expert witness in the best interests of children under age 5. and
To split care taking by biological parents, Robert Moschetta and (surrogate mother) Elvira Jordan, between their two households each day, five days a week, for their artificially conceived 16-month-old child, Marissa Moschetta, is not in the best interests of the infant. That arrangement is very likely to damage this new human being's chances for a healthy development in the future.
NEWS
May 25, 1988 | JOAN LIBMAN
Four-year-old Kristin was in the bathtub singing when her father arrived to pick her up for the weekend. Catching a glimpse of his daughter's suitcase, still empty on the living room floor, John trailed his wife, Evelyn, into the bathroom and accused her of deliberately delaying Kristin's departure. As their voices rose, Kristin shrank farther into the water, trying not to hear her mother call her father a "psychopath and a jerk" and her father call her mother a "whore."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Maria Shriver filed for divorce Friday, moving to end her 25-year marriage to Arnold Schwarzenegger just weeks after the former governor publicly acknowledged fathering a child with a member of their household staff. Shriver cited "irreconcilable differences" and requested joint custody of their two minor children. The formal filing was met with little surprise: In May, the two announced they were separating, with Shriver moving out of the family's Brentwood mansion. That news was followed by the bombshell that the former movie star had fathered a child with a former employee who had worked for the family for most of Schwarzenegger and Shriver's marriage.
OPINION
March 22, 2009
Re "James Cook," Obituary, March 12 James Cook was a pioneer who fought the prejudice against fathers who want to spend equal time with their children after divorce. Contrary to the impression given in Cook's obituary, California does not treat mothers and fathers equally when it comes to child custody. "Joint custody" in the California Family Code means "significant periods of physical custody." It does not mean equal time. Moreover, there is no presumption favoring joint custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
James Cook, whose unhappy divorce led him to help write California's pioneering joint custody law three decades ago, died of natural causes Feb. 21 at a nursing facility in West Los Angeles. He was 85. In 1974, when Cook and his wife divorced, he asked for shared custody of their son but the law favored mothers as the primary custodian, with limited visiting rights for the father. "The judge thought it was preposterous," Cook told Time magazine in 2001.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2008 | Peter Pae and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Ending a short-lived and bitter relationship, DreamWorks SKG, the movie studio founded by Steven Spielberg, and Paramount Pictures said Sunday that a deal had been struck to part ways. The pact, resembling an amicable divorce settlement with joint custody of about 40 movie projects, came rather smoothly and faster than expected in light of the tense relations between the two studios. Paramount's parent, Viacom Inc., acquired DreamWorks for $1.6 billion in 2006.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge has ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former same-sex partner. Michelle Kulstad sought joint custody of the children adopted by Barbara Maniaci. "To discriminate further against Ms. Kulstad because of her sexual preference in this day and age is no different than telling a person to go to the back of the bus because of her skin color," District Judge Ed McLean ruled Monday. Attorneys for both sides have said the same-sex parental rights trial was a first for the state, whose voters in 2004 rejected same-sex marriage by about a 2-to-1 margin.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Actress Kim Basinger was back in court Tuesday, quibbling over custody matters in her ongoing, two-year battle with ex-husband Alec Baldwin. The couple share joint custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Ireland. Moments after Basinger entered the courtroom, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Maren Nelson barred the press and public. Baldwin, who lives in New York, did not attend the hearing.
NEWS
December 12, 1986 | DAVID STREITFELD, The Washington Post
Matt has two daughters, but most of the time he feels as though he does not have any. He got divorced four years ago, and because of the way the laws were set up in Fairfax County, Va., he did not try for custody. "I didn't want to get in a fight, because I wasn't certain I was going to win," he said. He now pays $490 a month in child support to his ex-wife, who has remarried. He sees the girls every other weekend.
NEWS
May 24, 1995 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loni Austin's boys have different fathers, each of whom wants to stay involved with his child. But where one boy is happy shuttling back and forth between his mother's and his father's homes in the Sacramento area, the other is miserable. Austin said her 11-year-old has gradually increased the time he lives with his father in a friendly, flexible and informal arrangement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Longtime Superior Court Judge Harry T. Shafer, who died last week, had so many amusing stories that I thought I'd tell one more from his book "Howls of Justice" (coauthored by Angie Papadakis). During a custody hearing, a father of two children told Shafer that his ex-wife smoked pot. "Have you smoked pot?" Shafer asked the father. "Yes," the man admitted. "In fact, I've smoked marijuana with my wife." "Now I'm confused," Shafer said.
NEWS
October 2, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his sixth month in office, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is trying to rescue a moribund economy, mend tense relations with China and South Korea, and stamp out persistent corruption. But he's a player in a far more personal drama as well. Koizumi's 18-year-old son, Yoshinaga Miyamoto, longs to see his politician father, a man he has never met. The closest he has come was at a rally a few months ago, when he managed to get within about a dozen yards.
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