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Adaline Rose Werthwein v. Craig Edward Workman Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is a dispute over the name change of a minor. The minor’s mother, Adaline Werthwein, contends that the trial court abused its discretion by granting the request of the father, Craig Workman, to change the last name of their two-year-old son (pseudonymously referred to as “Michael”) from Werthwein to
Workman without legally or factually sufficient evidence that the name change was in... More...
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W.S. v. S.T.

In 2014, appellant W.S. filed a petition to establish a parental relationship with his
daughter (daughter). W.S. alleged he was daughter’s biological father. He claimed he
had a relationship with S.T., daughter’s mother, while she was married to her husband,
Martin T. W.S. requested joint legal and physical custody, equal time visitation, and
mediation to work out a parenting plan.... More...
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State of Wisconsin v. Anton R. Dorsey Anton R Dorsey - Registered Sex Offender

In a criminal action by the State, Dorsey was charged
with four crimes relating to his domestic violence toward his
then-girlfriend, C.B.: one count of strangulation and 1 The Honorable Paul J. Lenz presided.
No. 2015AP648-CR


suffocation under Wis. Stat. § 940.235(1) (2013-14)2;3 one count
of misdemeanor... More...
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Around 1:30 a.m. on February 6, 2013, in Great Bend, Kansas, A.W. was preparing to go sleep. She had worked at a nearby gas station that evening and had just sent her cousin home because it was late. About 10 minutes after getting into bed, A.W. heard footsteps on her front porch and a loud banging at her front door, as if someone was kicking it in. A.W. turned on her light, picked up her cell pho... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

F. R. and J. R. v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Appellants F.R. (“Felix”) and J.R. (“Jane”) appeal from the trial court’s order
terminating their parental rights regarding two children, J.R. (“Tiffany”) and J.R. (“Erin”).1
Appellants challenge the order claiming trial-court procedural errors, ineffective assistance of trial
counsel, legal and factual insufficiency of the evidence, and denial of due process. For the reasons
that ... More...
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Appellant’s daughter, LLB, was born in 2004. Her relationship with LLB’s father, DLB, ended shortly after LLB’s birth. In 2007, Mother petitioned to establish paternity, child custody, visitation, and child support relating to LLB. Following a hearing, the district court entered an order that established DLB as LLB’s father, gave primary custody to Mother, awarded Father visitation, and ordered... More...   $0 (12-09-2017 - KS)

In Re: K.C. and A.G.

{¶1} Appellant Mother appeals the judgment of the Lorain County Court of Common
Pleas, Juvenile Division, that granted legal custody of her children K.C. and A.G. to Paternal
Great Aunt and Uncle (“Aunt” and “Uncle”). For the following reasons, this Court affirms.
{¶2} Mother is the biological mother of K.C. (d.o.b. 12/15/11) and A.G. (d.o.b.
8/22/15). Father is the biologic... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - OH)

Maria G. Garcia v. Gilbert Escobar

“A ‘juvenile court’ is a superior court exercising limited
jurisdiction arising under juvenile law.” (In re Chantal S. (1996)
13 Cal.4th 196, 200.) “ ‘[F]amily court’ refers to the activities of
one or more superior court judicial officers who handle litigation
arising under the Family Code. It is not a separate court with
special jurisdiction, but is instead the superior court... More...
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In Re Ryan G.

[¶1] The mother and father of Ryan G. appeal from a judgment of the
District Court (Biddeford, Foster, J.) terminating their parental rights to
Ryan G. pursuant to 22 M.R.S. § 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i), (ii), (iv)
(2016). They challenge the sufficiency of the evidence to support the
judgment and the court’s discretionary determination of the child’s best
interest. ... More...
   $0 (11-09-2017 - ME)


Child was born in March 2015. The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families
13 Department (CYFD) took Child into custody on April 11, 2016. CYFD then filed an
14 abuse/neglect petition on April 13, 2016 naming Mother and Father as respondents,
15 and Carlos G. (Husband) as an interested party. Based on information provided by
16 Mother, CYFD alleged that Father is the biological fat... More...
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P. M. and I. F. v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Comal County Courthouse - New Braunfels, Texas

Appellants P.M. and I.F. appeal from the district court’s order terminating their
parental rights.1 We affirm the district court’s order.
Procedural Background
P.M. is the mother of “Jenny,” born in November 2010, “Jack,” born in March 2012,
and “Jill,” born in March 2014. I.F. is the father of Jenny and Jack. Jill’s father, “Victor,” is not a
party to this appeal. In September... More...
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Stephen Lukacs v. Christina Brooke Ice Nassau County Courthouse - Fernandina Beach, Florida

Stephen Lukacs appeals from a final judgment of paternity involving three children born to his ex-girlfriend, Appellee Christina Ice, while the couple lived together. The relationship and the litigation have been contentious. Each party accused the other of violent behavior and questioned the other’s fitness to parent the children. The circuit judge had presided over this father’s prior dissolutio... More...   $0 (10-01-2017 - FL)

Thomas Leslie Mace v. Jill Bowen Polk County Courthouse - Livingston, Texas

Thomas Leslie Mace appeals the modification of a protective order. On May
11, 2015, the trial court found that Mace and Jill Bowen had a dating relationship
and that family violence had occurred and was likely to occur in the future. The trial
court signed a protective order to remain in effect until May 11, 2017, prohibiting
Mace from communicating with Bowen in a threatening or h... More...
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Susan Dent v. Kenneth S. Wolf, as Special Administrator, etc.

After concluding that appellant Susan Dent lacked
standing, the trial court dismissed her paternity lawsuit. The
narrow issue on appeal is whether a child who seeks a
declaration of paternity after her putative father is deceased
presents a justiciable controversy when the child requests no
financial remuneration. We conclude that Dent has standing to
pursue her paternity l... More...
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Eduardo Ernesto Carielo v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals - 4th District Indecency with a child

A.P. spent several weeks with Carielo, her father, during the summer of 2012. A.P. was
nine-years-old at that time.
On September 30, 2012, A.P. told her mother that Carielo sexually abused her during the
time she stayed with him. After an investigation, Carielo was indicted for one count of aggravated
sexual assault and two counts of indecency with a child. After several ... More...
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On January 8, 2016, the Jackson Parish District Attorney’s Office
filed an action to establish paternity in accordance with La. R.S. 46:236, et
seq. It requested Lawrence Rogers submit to blood testing in order to
confirm if he is the biological father of Tiffany Thompson’s son, T.A.T.,
born March 29, 2006. In the supporting paternity affidavit, Thompson
averred the foll... More...
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Rahmatullah Basha Syed v. Khadija Masihuddin

Appellant, Rahmatullah Basha Syed, appeals the trial court’s final decree of divorce terminating his marriage to appellee, Khadija Masihuddin. In three issues, Syed challenges the portion of the trial court’s decree finding that deviating from the standard possession order was in his minor children’s best interest and ordering
that he have possession of or access to the children on the S... More...
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Defendant, whose date of birth is October 29, 1977, had sexual intercourse between the dates of July 1, 2013, and July 5, 2013, with B.H, whose date of birth is January 10, 2002.1 The victim became pregnant and delivered a baby boy on March 20, 2014. At trial, B.H. testified that her uncle, Defendant, had sexual intercourse with her when she was eleven years of age. DNA samples were taken from Def... More...   $0 (04-05-2017 - LA)

TRK, LLC d/b/a Timber Ridge Townhouse Apartments, B&B Management Group, LLC and Tara Burnside v. Vivian Myles, Individually and on Behalf of all Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Enrique L. Myles, Deceased and/or L.J.W., a Minor, by and through Her Mother and Next Friend, Janna Warnsley

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Vivian Myles—who is Enrique L. Myles’s mother, and who believed she was his sole
heir—filed this wrongful-death lawsu... More...
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Christina Francis v. Daniel Wieland

Ms. Christina Francis, Mother of the 11-year-old child subject to the motion to
modify custody at the core of this dispute, appeals a circuit court judgment grantin g
joint legal and joint physical custody to her and Mr. Daniel Wieland, the child’s
biological Father, and otherwise establishing a parenting plan and ordering child
support, and requiring the parties to pay their own c... More...
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Donna Wisenhunt v. John Munneke, M.D., Independent Medical Examinations, LLC., John Munneke, M.D., Inc. and Eagle River Capital, LLC

Oklahoma City, OK - Donna Wisenhunt sued John Munneke, M.D., Independent Medical Examinations, LLC., John Munneke, M.D., Inc. and Eagle River Capital, LLC on negligence theories.

Filed By: Whisenhunt, Donna
Filed Date: 01/03/2014
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: John Munneke MD Inc Disposed: DISMISSED WITHOUT... More...
   $1 (02-10-2017 - OK)

Tammy J. Thorndike v. Jessica Ann Lisio

[¶1] Jessica Ann Lisio appeals from a judgment of the District Court
(Rockland, Raimondi, J.) finding that Tammy J. Thorndike is a de facto parent
of two of Lisio’s biological children. We discern no error in the court’s
determinations that Thorndike “has undertaken a permanent, unequivocal,
committed, and responsible parental role in [each] child’s life,” and that “there
are e... More...
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Cynthia L. Aiken v. David W. Aiken

Trial courts must make difficult decisions when competing
interests clash. In this case, a mother sought an emergency protection order to
keep her soon-to-be ex-husband away from her and their children because, she
alleged, he had abused them. The father denied the allegations and sought to
cross-examine one of the daughters about her claim that he had repeatedly tried to
suffo... More...
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Charles Deal and Annette Deal, Personal Representatives of the Estate of Serenity Deal v. Sean Devon Brooks, Randy J. Jack and Jennifer Shawn and State of Oklahoma ex rel. Oklahoma Department of Human Services

¶1 This action arises from tragic circumstances involving the murder of a child placed in the custody of her biological father. Plaintiffs/Appellants Charles and Annette Deal (Plaintiffs) appeal the trial court's Order granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant/Appellee State of Oklahoma ex rel. Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). Although the Order does not address all issues and De... More...   $0 (12-30-2016 - OK)


D.B., a mentally and physically incapacitated woman living at a Des
Moines-area group home, was treated at Mercy Hospital for weight loss, gagging,
and digestive issues. It was discovered D.B. was twenty weeks pregnant. The
pregnancy was terminated per the direction of D.B.’s guardian. Police sought
DNA samples of all males with access to D.B., including Mbonyunkiza, a
... More...
   $0 (12-21-2016 - IA)

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