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April 2011 Archives

Fulton Brock's Divorce Will Remain Public

Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock has faced a backlash of criticism in the media since his wife Susan Brock was convicted of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. The county politician of course wants to keep his personal life personal and out of the media spotlight, but it looks like the public will get a chance to hear about his divorce.

The Arizona Republic reported that Fulton Brock has filed a motion in court to seal his divorce case so that the media would be barred from releasing information about the case. The supervisor argued that the publicity from the divorce case could damage his career and his youngest daughter's well-being.

The Requirements For Domestic Partnership Registration in Phoenix

While the state of Arizona does not allow for same-sex marriages, the city of Phoenix grants some benefits to same-sex couples if they are registered as domestic partners. According to the City Clerk’s Department, domestic partners in Phoenix are given visitation rights in any health care facility located within the City of Phoenix. When two people register as domestic partners, it can also be seen as a symbol of commitment to one another — similar to that of a marriage.

So what exactly are the requirements for domestic partnership registration? to begin with, both partners must reside within the City of Phoenix and share a common residence. Neither individual in the partnership can be married to any third party or be part of an existing domestic partnership or civil union with any third party. Each individual in the partnership must also be 18 years of age or older and the two partners cannot be related to one another by blood closer than what would bar marriage in the state of Arizona.

What happens when investigators with Child Protective Services find oxycontin and antifreeze within reach of a 2-year-old child? The parents will end up facing criminal charges and the child gets taken away in the custody of CPS.

FOX News reports that a 19-year-old mother from Phoenix is facing legal trouble after police found several different types of drugs in her apartment, some of which were in reach of a young child. After authorities conducted a search of the home the mother, Miranda Arnaiz, was arrested and charged with child abuse and several drug-related offenses.

Majority of Americans Now Favor Same-Sex Marriage

Could marriage laws across the country be changing even sooner than we all anticipated? According to The New York Times, a CNN poll this week found that 51 percent of people believe that marriages between gay and lesbian couples "should be recognized by the law as valid." Only 47 percent of people polled were opposed to the idea of same-sex marriages.

Other polls have also reflected a shift in general attitude that calls for the legalization of same-sex marriage. The first credible poll to show a majority of people in support of gay marriage was a Washington Post poll in April 2009. Since then, more sources have confirmed this trend.

Mother With Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Accused of Child Abuse

A disturbing case of possible child abuse in Tucson is now bringing attention to the rare disorder Munchausen Syndrome. The Daily Mail reports that this illness is found in women who are seeking attention, where they will feign illnesses in themselves or in their children.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is essentially a psychological condition which leads sufferers to fabricate illnesses for their children because they enjoy the attention found in taking a child to the hospital and discussing the child's illness with doctors and nurses.

Blanca Montano of Tucson has been accused of doing just that.

John Cleese Getting Ready For Fourth Marriage

It's never too late to fall in love and a messy divorce doesn't have to deter a person from getting married once again. Comedian John Cleese may soon be getting married for the fourth time, even after his three failed marriages have cost him $25 million.

The Herald Sun reports that at the age of 71, Cleese is now dating 39-year-old jewelry designer Jennifer Wade. He has admitted that he is ready to marry once more and some people have even supposedly spotted Wade shopping for a wedding gown.

Yet perhaps there are lessons to be learned from three divorces. The Monty Python star reportedly had to pay a large alimony settlement in his most recent split from Alice Faye Eichelberger. If Cleese wants to avoid a surprising amount of alimony this time around, it might be wise for him to sign a prenuptial agreement with his future wife-to-be.

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman Officially Divorce

Pop star Christina Aguilera is now a single lady once again at the age of 30. According to MSNBC, she and her husband Jordan Bratman first filed for divorce last October, but their dissolution of marriage wasn't able to be finalized until now because of California's six-month divorce waiting period.

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge determined that the date of April 15 would be the date that Aguilera and Bratman could officially go their separate ways. This was the date chosen for the couple's divorce to be finalized.

House Approves SB 1188: Married Couples Get Preference in Adoption

Single parents and same-sex couples may soon have difficulties adopting a child in the state of Arizona with the passage of Senate Bill 1188. The East Valley Tribune reports that the House passed the Senate-approved bill last week with a 37-20 vote.

The bill gives preferential treatment to heterosexual, married couples when it comes to adoption in the state. According to SB 1188, the Department of Economic Security and private adoption agencies must place a child with a married couple if all other factors (regarding single or same sex parents) are equal. One exception to the married couple preference includes an established relationship already existing between the child and prospective adoptive parent.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Arizona

Child abuse is a serious problem in the state of Arizona, which is why state officials and non-profit organizations are now taking on multiple efforts to prevent abuse in the state in light of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Arizona Republic reports that there were more than 33,000 reports of abuse last year in Arizona that involved about 45,000 children. April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month is typically a time to draw attention to abuse and the importance of reporting early signs of abuse to state authorities.

Lottery Winnings Seized Due to Child Support Obligations

A story out of Kingman, Arizona shows that when you win the lottery, you don't always get to keep your earnings. KPHO reported that a man named Buddy Blair recently won a quarter-million dollar Lottery jackpot after purchasing a ticket at Gas Plus. Yet Blair was probably a bit disappointed when he saw that Arizona Lottery only cut him a check for $106,000.

If you do the math, his check was less than half of the amount that he earned. This is because state lottery officials found that Blair owed $65,000 in back child support. With this case, officials were rightfully able to take a large chunk of the lottery winnings from the deadbeat dad.The rest of the money taken out of Blair's earnings was to pay for taxes and debts.

Bristol Palin Makes Over $250,000 a Year For Teen Pregnancy Talks

The most famous teen mom in America, Arizona resident Bristol Plain, apparently made over $262,000 in 2009 for her work as a Candie's Foundation spokesperson. If only all teenage pregnancies could end with the mother having a successful career making hundreds of thousands of dollars. Because of Bristol Plain's wealth and fame, some people feel that the young woman is now glamorizing teen pregnancy and giving young people false perceptions of teenage motherhood.

As the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Bristol's name was all over media headlines in 2008 when she became pregnant at the age of 16. She and her high school sweetheart Levi Johnston gave birth to their son Tripp Johnston in late 2008, but the couple soon broke up and now Bristol says that she is a single mom.

Getting Finanical Support With the Adoption Tax Credit

There's a federal adoption tax credit this year that is giving parents of adoptive children money that they may not have realized that they were eligible for. CNN Money reports that parents are eligible to receive a one-time tax credit of $13,170 for each child that they adopt.

This adoption tax credit has been around since 1997. However, this tax season is the first time that the federal tax credit is refundable, which means that families can collect the money even if they owe no taxes. The adoption tax credit used to be non-refundable and would only offset taxes that the adoptive parents owe.