The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the pending gay marriage cases in six federal appeals courts throughout the country has literally changed the map when it comes to the legality of same-sex marriage in this country. According to the organization Freedom to Marry, as of Oct. 10, in 29 states and Washington, D.C., same-sex couples can legally tie the knot. Six other states have a "pro-marriage ruling at the appellate level" that clears the way for legal same-sex marriage.
Many people in Texas who marry a person who already has children want to adopt those children at some point. This can be particularly beneficial for the children's sense of a security if their biological father has little or no role in their lives. If the stepparent has taken on the role of mother or father, adoption can further solidify the family.
The mother of a child who has been missing since Dec. 26, 2009, has been released from prison. She was convicted of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference and sentenced to prison in December 2012. She was also charged with kidnapping. However, the jury failed to reach a verdict on that count.
An international conflict is causing heartache for some prospective parents in Texas and throughout the rest of the United States.
A biological father wanted to establish parental rights before his child was born. A state Supreme Court will decide if a paternity notice filed by the father came too late to prevent the child from being placed up for adoption or if a state government office is to blame.