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February 25, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In a case that sparked a tug of war with Mexico, the California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a San Diego court properly revoked the parental rights of a Mexican couple suspected of battering their child. The unanimous decision clears the way for an American couple to adopt 5-year-old Stephanie M., a Mexican citizen, who had been in their foster care for four years.
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January 22, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Restrictions on a homosexual father's right to visit his 9-year-old son were struck down by a state appellate court Thursday, breaking new legal ground in California. In a ruling that emphasized a child's welfare over a parent's sexual preference, the court ruled that a parent could not be barred from visiting his child in the presence of other homosexuals without evidence of harm to the child.
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December 29, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A judge in San Francisco on Monday blocked enforcement of a new state law requiring unwed minors to obtain parental consent or a court order before having an abortion. In a brief order, Superior Court Judge Morton Colvin granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a preliminary injunction preventing the hotly debated law from taking effect on Friday.
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June 25, 2000 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years ago, a state Supreme Court ruling in a bitterly contested custody case made California one of the easiest states in the nation for parents with primary custody to pack up the children and go. But only now are lawyers, judges and ex-spouses in Ventura County and across the state fully gauging the effects in family court. Divorcing parents are fighting more fiercely over custody agreements, drawing out the cost of litigation.
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September 25, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Michael Hirshensohn, a Santa Monica businessman, says he wants only the right to establish that he is the father of a baby born to the wife of another man. Edward McNamara, a divorced man from La Habra, says he merely wants the right to have custody of a child born out of wedlock and adopted in 1981 because he is her biological father. In appeals to the Supreme Court, both men are seeking to vindicate their "fathers' rights"--equality with women under the law.
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February 3, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court, acting in a precedent-setting case, has cleared the way for authorities to deny a mother custody of a child born suffering the effects of illegal drugs she took during pregnancy. Over two dissenting votes, the justices refused to disturb a ruling last November by a state Court of Appeal in San Diego that for the first time denied custody solely because of a mother's drug use.
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April 28, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following two emotional surrogate-motherhood custody disputes, state Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a controversial bill that would legalize surrogate-parenting contracts in California. The bill is designed to clarify the legal definition of parenthood, which has been thrown into a state of flux by new reproductive technologies that have severed sex from procreation and genetics from gestation.
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October 23, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that attracted national attention, a judge ruled Monday that surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson has no rights at all to the baby she bore for an infertile couple and granted exclusive custody to the infant's genetic parents. The decision by Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr.
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May 8, 1987 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Legal Affairs Writer
Staunchly reiterating the state's interest in "preserving the integrity of the matrimonial family," a California Court of Appeal on Thursday denied an unmarried Santa Monica businessman the right to visit the 5-year-old girl he calls his daughter. Michael Hirschensohn, who had an affair with a married woman, had challenged a state law that presumes the cohabiting husband of a biological mother is the father of her child.
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July 14, 1990 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a decision expected to have deep impact on California family law, a state appeals court Friday overturned a judge's order that forced a divorced mother to move herself and her child from San Francisco to be near her former husband in Ventura. The 2nd District Court of Appeal vacated a 1988 order from the Ventura County Superior Court, which told Pamela Besser she would lose custody of her 6-year-old son, Joshua, unless she moved with him to be near the boy's father, Michael Fingert.
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