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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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July 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A financial settlement has been reached between Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, bringing to an end a long and bitter divorce saga. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that as part of the settlement, Funches will receive $5 million, four cars and a mansion she once shared with Wade. There is also an agreement that says neither side can make disparaging comments about each other, the Sun-Times reports. The settlement comes three days after Funches sat alongside a busy Chicago street outside a courthouse with a sign implying that the three-time NBA champ had left her homeless and destitute.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for a woman fighting to take her son off life support asked a judge Thursday to award the mother sole custody of the brain-damaged child. The request by the mother's attorney came at the conclusion of a hearing at Family Court in Orange. If she is awarded custody, Tamara Sepulveda has said she will ask doctors to turn off the machines keeping her son alive. "I just want my son to go to heaven," Sepulveda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2011 | By Lauren Williams and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A Costa Mesa man has been charged with the execution-style murders of his ex-wife and her father after allegedly waiting to kill them at his home just hours after she was awarded sole custody of their 7-year-old daughter. The slayings shocked neighbors in the quiet residential neighborhood not far from South Coast Plaza, where prosecutors allege the gunman chased his victims into the street Tuesday evening as he reloaded his weapon and continued to fire as they lay bleeding on the ground.
NEWS
October 14, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court Thursday reaffirmed a surrogate mother's parental rights by rejecting an appeal by a biological father seeking sole 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. But Moschetta appealed, saying his contract with Jordan gave custody to him and his now ex-wife.
SPORTS
May 19, 1989
Lisa Strawberry filed for divorce from New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry, citing irreconcilable differences after four years of marriage. In her Superior Court petition, Lisa Strawberry seeks sole custody of the couple's two children, Darryl Jr., 3, and Diamond, 11 months. The children are currently living with their mother in Altadena. The pair separated Wednesday, according to the petition. Lisa Strawberry filed for a legal separation in January 1987, accusing her husband of violent behavior and of breaking her nose after a National League championship seriesgame.
NEWS
April 11, 1989
Aissa Wayne's weekend visit with her 2-year-old daughter Anastasia turned into an indefinite stay when an Orange County judge ordered Wayne's imprisoned ex-husband to turn over temporary custody to her. The ex-husband, Dr. Thomas Gionis, a Pomona surgeon, had been given sole custody of the child last January after a judge found, in part, that Wayne, daughter of the late film legend John Wayne, was "emotionally immature." Gionis was arrested last week--and remains in jail without bail--on charges of setting up an attack last year in which Wayne was bloodied and her boyfriend's Achilles tendon was slashed.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1986 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old Mexican woman who served as a surrogate mother and is now suing for custody can visit the 3-month-old infant twice a week until permanent custody rights are determined, a judge ruled on Thursday. The woman, Alejandra Munoz, entered the United States illegally last year and gave birth in June to a girl after she was artificially inseminated. San Diego Superior Court Judge William C. Pate ruled that she can visit the infant Mondays and Fridays for six hours each day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that stunned the other participants in a bitter child custody case, a Ventura man gave up his bid for sole custody of his son Thursday, agreeing to let the boy's mother keep him most of the year. The case, appealed as high as the state Supreme Court after a judge ordered Pamela Besser Theroux to move to Ventura County or give up custody of her son, ended with a hug by the battling parents of 8-year-old Joshua Fingert and a call from the judge for "No more war."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge refused to award a mother sole custody of her severely brain-damaged infant Tuesday, blocking her effort to take the child off life-support machines. She and the boy's father disagree about whether the child should remain on life support. The father, accused of causing the boy's injuries and awaiting trial on assault charges, would face a homicide charge if 8-month-old Christopher Ibarra died. Judge Richard E. Behn ruled neither parent is fit to care for the child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2002 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for a woman fighting to take her son off life support asked a judge Thursday to award the mother sole custody of the brain-damaged child. The request by the mother's attorney came at the conclusion of a hearing at Family Court in Orange. If she is awarded custody, Tamara Sepulveda has said she will ask doctors to turn off the machines keeping her son alive. "I just want my son to go to heaven," Sepulveda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2000
Re "Stay Tuned . . . " Ventura County editorial, April 30. In response to this editorial, let me set the record straight. First, there is no "custody dispute" between Erin Brockovich and her first husband, Shane Brown. Brockovich has, and has had for about 10 years, sole custody of the parties' children; that same order provides that Brown have no visitation with the children. The order also provides that no member of Brown's family "will have any rights of visitation whatsoever."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1999 | JULIE HA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everything you hear about that special bond between twins--that was Toni and Teri. The sisters from San Pedro used to finish each other's sentences or give the same reply simultaneously. As adults, they would discover that they had bought the same item of clothing or piece of crystal. They married brothers (Toni later divorced). They went through one of their pregnancies together. But when Teri Martinez turned 30 earlier this month, she did so alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1997 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Local judges released transcripts Friday they say show a colleague made a legally sound decision when she granted joint custody of two young children to their emotionally troubled mother--who police believe last week killed the youngsters before taking her own life. But the evidence presented at the unusual forum on behalf of Orange County Superior Court Judge Nancy Wieben Stock did not placate Denise Brown and others who remain outraged at the jurist's December decision to grant O.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1996
The mother and the grandmother of two slain East Los Angeles children were being held without bail Wednesday in connection with the deaths, a crime that may have been the result of a long-running custody dispute, authorities said. According to court documents, Martha Israel-Lopez, 35, and her ex-husband, Rafael Lopez, had been embroiled for several years in a bitter dispute over who would raise their children, Victor, 8, and Judith, 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1993
A man whose ex-wife took their daughter to France and did not return has been awarded nearly $12.5 million in damages, an amount his lawyer said was the "largest verdict for child stealing in the country." The award was made to Shing Loong (David) Wang, 40, and included $9.8 million in general damages, $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1996
The mother and the grandmother of two slain East Los Angeles children were being held without bail Wednesday in connection with the deaths, a crime that may have been the result of a long-running custody dispute, authorities said. According to court documents, Martha Israel-Lopez, 35, and her ex-husband, Rafael Lopez, had been embroiled for several years in a bitter dispute over who would raise their children, Victor, 8, and Judith, 4.
NEWS
October 14, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court Thursday reaffirmed a surrogate mother's parental rights by rejecting an appeal by a biological father seeking sole 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. But Moschetta appealed, saying his contract with Jordan gave custody to him and his now ex-wife.
NEWS
July 28, 1994 | Associated Press
A father who won custody of his 3-year-old daughter because the mother puts the girl in day care while attending college pleaded innocent Wednesday to assaulting the woman in 1992. A misdemeanor arrest warrant for Steven Smith, 20, was issued in October but was never acted on by the sheriff's office until this week, after the discrepancy was reported in the Detroit News.
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