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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.
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September 28, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Experts on family law and child development on Friday overwhelmingly criticized a judge's ruling that gave a surrogate mother and biological father joint custody of a 16-month-old girl conceived through artificial insemination. "The judge can't be serious," said James B. Boskey, a family law professor at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, N.J. "I don't see how this could possibly be healthy for the child. This is precedent-setting in a very dangerous way."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995
Ending an odd custody war that drew national attention, a surrogate mother from Cudahy on Friday was stripped of shared parental authority over her 5-year-old daughter when the judge ruled that the child would be safer and healthier in the care of her biological father in Orange County. Orange County Superior Court Judge John C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In explosive testimony Wednesday, Robert Moschetta's former attorney told a courtroom that Moschetta had tried to trick the surrogate mother who bore his child into surrendering all rights to her baby. The attorney, Catherine M. Adams, testified that she has refused to help Moschetta because she believed his attempts to obtain sole custody of his daughter were "unethical" and could have been considered "extortion."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surrogate mother who won joint custody of a baby she bore for a former Orange County couple admitted Thursday that she committed welfare fraud and agreed to repay the government more than $8,500. Under an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Elvira Jordan, 42, pleaded no contest to one count of welfare fraud and will be placed on three years' formal probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The warring parties in a custody case agreed Thursday on a name for the baby girl who has been the focus of months-long legal wrangling between a surrogate mother and the biological father. The baby's name will be Marissa Jordan Moschetta. Until the agreement, surrogate mother Elvira Jordan had called the baby Millessa, while the biological father, Robert Moschetta, and his estranged wife, Cynthia, had named her Marissa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrogate mother Elvira Jordan testified Tuesday that a Santa Ana couple deceived her into giving up her baby by assuring her that their marriage was solid, knowing that if she knew they were divorcing she would not give them her child. Jordan also testified that Spanish is her native language, that she has a seventh-grade education and that she thought she was signing a receipt instead of a document by which she relinquished all rights to her baby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The biological father of a baby girl born to a surrogate mother is "manipulative" and should be kept "on a short tether" by the court, the attorney for the baby told a judge Tuesday. As the emotional custody battle over 15-month-old Marissa Jordan Moschetta drew to a close, attorney Harold F. LaFlamme told the court during his summation that surrogate mother Elvira Jordan and the couple she bore the child for, Robert and Cynthia Moschetta, each have "suspicious motives" and could not be trusted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surrogate mother who won joint custody of the baby girl she bore for a former Orange County couple has been charged with welfare fraud, county authorities confirmed Tuesday. Elvira Jordan, 42, faces felony charges of receiving more than $8,500 in welfare aid through misrepresentation, perjury and filing false and forged documents, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1995 | GEOFF BOUCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A divorced couple and the woman they hired six years ago to bear their child shared a tense reunion Monday in Orange County Superior Court as testimony continued in the latest chapter of a custody battle for the little girl. Visibly uncomfortable, Cynthia Moschetta took the stand Monday to testify that surrogate mother Elvira Jordan has been a loving, capable parent for 5-year-old Marissa Jordan Moschetta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court Monday reaffirmed a surrogate mother's parental rights but ordered a lower court to once again decide who will get primary custody of a now 4-year-old girl named Marissa. Surrogate mother Elvira Jordan and biological father Robert P. Moschetta have shared parental responsibilities since an Orange County Superior Court judge in September, 1991, granted joint custody--a landmark ruling believed to be the first of its kind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surrogate mother who won joint custody of a baby she bore for a former Orange County couple admitted Thursday that she committed welfare fraud and agreed to repay the government more than $8,500. Under an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Elvira Jordan, 42, pleaded no contest to one count of welfare fraud and will be placed on three years' formal probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surrogate mother who won joint custody of the baby girl she bore for a former Orange County couple has been charged with welfare fraud, county authorities confirmed Tuesday. Elvira Jordan, 42, faces felony charges of receiving more than $8,500 in welfare aid through misrepresentation, perjury and filing false and forged documents, authorities said.
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March 6, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday dismissed a complaint against surrogate mother Elvira Jordan that alleged she had violated court-ordered custody arrangements. Judge Nancy Wieben Stock ruled in a brief contempt-of-court hearing that the biological father, Robert Moschetta, failed to prove his contention that Jordan "willfully violated" the order by keeping his daughter longer than Jordan was supposed to. Jordan's attorney, Richard C.
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January 29, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surrogate mother who was awarded joint custody of a child she bore for an infertile couple is violating a judge's order by keeping the toddler longer than she is supposed to, the biological father has charged in court papers. The child's father, Robert Moschetta, is asking Orange County Superior Court Judge Nancy Wieben Stock to find surrogate Elvira Jordan in contempt for allegedly breaching the joint-custody arrangement. A hearing on the matter has been set for Feb. 13.
NEWS
September 28, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Experts on family law and child development Friday criticized a judge's ruling that gave a surrogate mother and biological father joint custody of a 16-month-old girl conceived through artificial insemination. "The judge can't be serious," said James B. Boskey, a family law professor at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, N.J. "I don't see how this could possibly be healthy for the child. This is precedent-setting in a very dangerous way." Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A father seeking custody of a baby girl born to a surrogate mother testified Thursday that he wants to do what is best for the child, even if it means he has to give her up. Robert Moschetta, the baby's biological father, said he agrees with a court-appointed psychologist's recommendation that he be granted sole custody. However, when asked what he would do if custody were granted to surrogate mother Elvira Jordan, Moschetta said he would relinquish the child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert P. Moschetta, embroiled in a legal battle with the surrogate mother of his daughter, Friday petitioned the 4th District Court of Appeal for a court order granting him sole legal and physical custody of 15-month-old Marissa Moschetta. On Sept. 26, Superior Court Judge Nancy Wieben Stock ruled that surrogate mother Elvira Jordan deserved to share custody of the child she bore through artificial insemination for Robert and Cynthia Moschetta.
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