Judge’s Facebook Friendship

A circuit court improperly denied a father’s motion for reconsideration in a custody dispute, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ruled, finding the judge’s Facebook friendship with the mother — and the timing of the friendship, content and context of their interactions on the platform, and the judge’s failure to disclose that friendship — constitutes a due process violation. 

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In Vitro Custody

A mother who conceived her child through in vitro fertilization is the child’s legal parent, a Georgia appeals court ruled in a custody dispute in which the father asserted the mother was not the child’s “biological, legal, or adoptive parent.” The mother is the “recipient intended parent” under the Option of Adoption Act. 

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