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After years of international pressure, Japan signs Hague Convention

History was made last week when Japan made the final signature required to officially join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions, the treaty that requires participating nations to promptly return abducted children to the nations where they naturally reside.

Houston dad ends up in jail for paying child support arrears

This past summer, lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature voted unanimously to introduce a major change to the laws governing the payment of child support here in Texas. However, as illustrated by a recent case out of Harris County, this legislative action may not necessarily be producing the desired outcomes.

Congress proposes fix to birth date issues for adopted children

For many couples, there is nothing more exciting than the prospect of expanding their family through international adoption. However, this is not to say that the actual adoption process doesn't present its fair share of challenges. For instance, prospective parents often have to devote considerable time and energy to meeting with adoption agency officials, and making trips to visit their would-be children in their native countries.

Lawsuit alleging unlawful adoption cites RICO Act

A very interesting case touching on the issues of family law, adoption and fathers' rights has recently been filed in the state of Utah. What makes this case so remarkable, however, is that it not only seeks $130 million in damages for an alleged unlawful adoption, but also cites the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a federal law typically used in the prosecution of organized crime.

Actress Mayim Bialik blogs about the challenges after a divorce

Most people think that life becomes easier after a divorce, but as many people will tell you, this simply isn’t the case. For a lot of people, the changes that occur after a divorce can be jarring to say the least and routines that often required two people suddenly need adaptation. But this can be most difficult for divorced parents who, even years later, can find some challenges overwhelming.

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