December 4, 1987 |
Hers had been a "perfect" pregnancy. No complications. Hardly any morning sickness. In retrospect, Brenda Winner says, "it was too perfect." So when the 30-year-old mother-to-be went for an ultrasound test at Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte, she expected it to be purely routine. She was thrilled to see her 5 1/2-month-old fetus' hands and feet and legs and shoulders clearly outlined on the screen, all looking normal. "But I never looked for a skull," she says now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2009 |
The California Supreme Court sided with grandparents and others who want to adopt children over their parents' objections in a pair of rulings that legal experts said would make it easier for guardians to prevail in adoption cases.
April 18, 1990 |
Hugh McIsaac sat in his Downtown office late last week, talking with a Los Angeles couple about visitation rights for their sons. The family had seen McIsaac several times before: Their first visit was seven years ago when they divorced. "As their lives and needs change, and the children grow up, many people come back to revise a (custody) agreement," McIsaac explained. "They can come back any time." McIsaac is not a lawyer.
February 25, 1994 |
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.
January 22, 1988 |
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.
December 29, 1987 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2000 |
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.
September 25, 1988 |
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.
February 3, 1990 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1991 |
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.