This blog discusses a difficult subject, child kidnapping by a parent. Few kidnappings are stranger kidnappings along the lines of the famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping in 1920s New Jersey. Rather, they are often the result of a bitter divorce, child custody battle or paternity lawsuit gone horribly wrong. Stranger kidnappings represent far less than one percent of all incidents; of the approximately 260,000 abductions reported each year, only 115 of them were found to be stranger kidnappings.
Truth is often stranger than fiction, and when divorce and other emotionally-laden matters are involved, sometimes the truth becomes very strange indeed.
Readers of this blog and other media know that child custody is one of the most hotly contested areas of divorce when couples have children. But what are the results of the lengthy and expensive trials, hurt feelings and confused children? Some nation-wide statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau tell the story.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families has a website that includes information on the rights of unmarried fathers. The site contains a wealth of information directed toward fathers who need information about their rights even when not married to the other of their children.
The family portrayed in the TV show Leave it to Beaver doesn't exist anymore, according to an article in Time Magazine. The nuclear family, in which the father went to work every day and the mother stayed at home, is gone. But what has replaced it?