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December 2013 Archives

Hospital trumps parental rights in diagnosis disagreement

Connecticut parents may be interested in a recent case in Boston where child custody has been taken due to a disagreement in diagnosis. A couple whose children have been treated for a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial disease took their 15 year-old daughter to Boston Children's Hospital for consultation with a gastroenterologist. Doctors at Children's disagreed with the diagnosis after she was admitted there, claiming she has a mental illness called somatoform disorder.

When custody battles go overseas

According to State Department data, approximately 7,000 children in the U.S. were taken abroad to another country by one parent between 2012 and 2008. When this happens, custody orders by U.S. courts can become impossible to enforce in other countries. While the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction exists to help resolve these disputes, some countries have not signed the treaty or don't abide by its rules. Some families in Connecticut involved in these struggles are well aware of the issues that international parental abduction raises.

Proposed legislation targets parental abductions

Connecticut residents may be interested in new developments that may make it easier for American parents to regain custody of children who have been unlawfully taken to other countries by the other parent. According to the State Department, more than 7,000 children were taken to a foreign country by a parent between 2008 and 2012. Those children often leave behind parents who have few options when it comes to child custody or visitation.

How an ex-spouse's tax mistakes can affect the other spouse

Connecticut residents who are planning for or are going through a divorce may be interested in how they could be affected by their ex-spouse's tax penalties. The bad news is that the Internal Revenue Service considers any penalties related to a joint return to be the responsibility of both parties. The good news is that there are methods for obtaining relief from liability due to a former spouse's tax mistakes.

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