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Traffic School Is Elementary For Six-Year-Old

Getting kids to wear seat belts can be tough. One mom was struggling to keep her son belted in -- until a creative judge stepped in to help. At six years old, kids think they are invincible; specifically, they don't comprehend just how dangerous r...

6th Grader Sues Dad Over Grounding - And Wins

Most kids complain bitterly when they are grounded. Some will sneak out, while others will settle for slamming doors and announcing that they hate the person making the rules. But sometimes, kids get creative when they're punished: A 6th grader in Q...

Heather Mills Sued by Nanny for Naked Spray Tans

Heather Mills, who divorced ex Paul McCartney in 2006, may soon find herself back in the courtroom. This time, the Dancing with the Stars alum could be facing down her nanny, who cares for Heather and Paul's five-year-old daughter, Beatrice. The n...

Divorced Mom Not Allowed to Have Lesbian Partner in Home

A divorced Tennessee mom of two was recently told by the court that her lesbian partner of nine years can no longer "sleep over" when her kids are in the home. The reason? A "paramour restriction" imposed by a judge, despite the fact that a psycholog...

Australian couple loses court case over twins' birth

Nearly a year ago, an Australian couple made headlines when they sued their doctors for transferring two embryos during an IVF procedure when they explicitly said that they only wanted one. There was a mix-up in communication, and the doctor transfer...

Court trumps dad over detention

Gee, I hope my kids don't read this story -- I don't need to show up in court every time I send them to sit on the stairs. You see, a twelve-year-old girl in Quebec, Canada didn't like being grounded -- and missing a graduation trip with her elementa...

Teen jailed for courthouse call

Kids these days! I tell ya! I can understand bringing your cell phone to court -- you might break down on the way there or back and need to call for a tow truck or you might just want to call someone afterwards and let them know you'll be home for di...

Man's excuse for hitting child: I'm not a morning person

I know that there are a lot of parents who believe in firm physical discipline --bodily discomfort as a remedy for back talking, misbehaving, unacceptable behavior. I get that, and I grudgingly respect it, but I definitely don't believe in any kind o...

Tossed sausage lands boy in court

Occasionally kids do silly things -- like tossing sausages at the elderly. Not exactly model behavior, but is it really a legal matter? It is for one British 12-year-old. His mom describes the charges against him as "a joke," but the 74-year-old "vi...

Mother asks for leniency for man who killed her son

A little over a year ago, I was looking after my daughter before a show my theater company was performing. The show was sold out, and one man who couldn't get in lost his temper, became verbally abusive, and started shouting obscenities at me -- even...

Update: Purity ring is out

You may recall the case of sixteen-year-old Lydia Playfoot who went to court in England to convince her school to allow her to wear a "Purity Ring," despite a school ban on jewelry. Normally, I would side with the school and say the rule is no jewelr...

Mom may lose her kids because she's Vegan

I've heard about parents being punished for overfeeding their kids, but I was surprised to read about this Mother, who may have her kids taken away from her because of her belief in an animal-free diet. Gail Nelson-Folkerson's estranged husband Jeff ...

Adopted daughter returned to mom

After nearly three months, a seven-year-old girl is back in the arms -- and the custody -- of her would-be adoptive mother. Emma's biological mother had difficulty raising the girl herself due to financial issues and her job as a truck driver. So, he...

State courts differ on rights of lesbian moms

Two lesbian former partners are battling out child custody in court after their civil union failed. The two women were partners and conceived baby Isabella through artificial insemination after their 2002 civil union. The birth mother, Lisa, announc...

Court decides name problem for two parents

An Oregon court has finally reached a decision on what to name a child, only after looking at 1,000 years of naming traditions. (Couldn't they have just contacted Baby Center?) The problem started in 2004 when an unmarried couple had a baby. While th...

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