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Monthly Archives: June 2012

New Paternity Test May Determine Father Earlier, Safer Than Other Methods

A new test may pinpoint the father of a child as early as eight weeks into the pregnancy, according to a small study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. 

The study used a paternity test made by Ravgen, a Maryland company. According to the New York Times, the tests run from $950 to $1,650. Another company has a similar test that has not been studied. 

The test takes two blood samples from the mother and one from the prospective father or fathers  and then measures DNA fragments of the unborn baby, which is present in the mother's blood. The results from the study, albeit small, showed it to be reliable and that the test correctly identified the father in 30 cases. 

Tests such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, which can occur between 10 and 20 weeks of pregnancy can also determine paternity, but they also run a higher risk for causing a miscarriage. 

The American Association of Blood Banks has not certified either test. A test must be certified before a person may be able to use the results from such a test in child custody cases.

Supporters of the test said that using such a test could help pregnant women get the support they need, emotional, monetary or both, even before a child is born. It may allow for a child support arrangement and custody arrangement to occur as well before birth. 

If you need legal advice concerning any type of family matters, it is important to speak with a St. Louis family law attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

U.S. House Approves International Child Support Treaty

The U.S. House approved legislation earlier this month requiring the United States to cooperate with foreign countries in efforts to locate parents who owe child support to children living abroad as well as help the U.S. find parents who owe child support and are living abroad. 

The legislation, called the International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act implements a 2010 treaty approved by the U.S. Senate – the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. Proponents said implementing this treaty reduces barriers for child who are owed support from a parent overseas.

The bill authorizes authorities to comply with the treaty as well as share information on the location of the parents owing support. 
Reportedly, the countries participating in the treat are all European Union countries, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway, Ukraine and the United States. 
If you are facing a new custody agreement, it is best to have an attorney by your side, looking out for your interests. Contact our office today for a free, initial consultation.

New Jersey Commission Formed To Study State’s Alimony Laws

A New Jersey group is one step closer to possibly getting some of the state's alimony laws updated. Legislation approved Monday will create a temporary group to study state's laws and recommend changes to the legislature and Gov. Chris Christie. 

Sean Kean (R – Monmouth) helped sponsor the bill. He and others who are pushing for reform have said when there are changes in circumstances for any parties involved, those should be considered and a possible alimony modification may be appropriate. 

The commission has been given nine months for its study. It is expected to compare the state's current laws to other states' laws. 

Part of the push for a reform of alimony laws has been driven by the economy and the number of people who have become unemployed and have had trouble securing a job, yet still are held accountable for making the ordered payments. 

Currently, more than 95 percent of all alimony recipients are female. 

If you need to discuss a legal matter concerning family problems, it is imperative to speak with an attorney who focuses on such cases. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Man Charged With Stalking Wife After GPS Found On Her Vehicle

A Richmond Heights man is facing aggravated stalking charges after officials said he planted a GPS device on his estranged wife's vehicle in order to track her whereabouts.

According to reports, the estranged wife of 36-year-old William Woods found the device May 23 on her vehicle when she was in a parking garage. Woods admitted to placing the GPS device there sometime in April or May. According to KMOV.com, he said he used it to find out where she lived and to monitor where she was going. He was arrested and later released on a $25,000 bond.

Three days prior to the discovery, a St. Louis circuit court judge granted the woman a full protection order against Woods. 

If you are in need of a St. Louis family attorney, call today for a free, initial consultation. 

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