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October 2012 Archives

What do you do if you get invited to a party at the Playboy mansion but can't find a sitter?

You plop the baby down in the corner and get your party on, according to "Boss" star Kelsey Grammer. On Saturday, Kelsey and his wife Kayte Grammer brought their 3-month-old daughter to the infamous Playboy Mansion Halloween party, leaving baby Faith propped up in the corner surrounded by drunk people, reports.

It may be a pretty questionable parenting move, but could it be considered endangerment or abuse?

Scott Storch used to be one of the biggest music producers in the game, crafting hits for the likes of Dr. Dre and Christina Aguilera. Then in 2006, a serious cocaine habit derailed Storch's career and cost him his fortune.

Now the down-on-his-luck producer is embroiled in a child support dispute with Vanessa Bellido, TMZ reports. Earlier in the month, a Florida court ordered that Storch be arrested immediately for failing to pay $28,300 in child support. Fortunately Storch coughed up $20,000 and avoided jail time.

Grandparents are often the go-to sitters when parents go out of town. A Milton couple, however, may think twice next time they go to leave their 3-year-old son with his grandma.

On Saturday, a witness called 911 after spotting 46-year-old Cui Chen and her grandson wandering around a parking lot. When officers later pulled Chen over, she appeared severely impaired and had the toddler sitting up front with her, according to Channel 2 Action News.

With Election Day less than two weeks away, all kinds of mud are being slung with abandon.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred has been working to release Mitt Romney's sworn testimony in a post-divorce lawsuit involving Staples founder Tom Stemberg. According to Allred, Romney lied about Staples' worth in order to benefit Stemberg.

On Thursday, the Probate and Family Court in Norfolk, Mass., unsealed the testimony, the Boston Globe reports.

After over 30 years of marriage, Jessica Simpson's parents are calling it quits.

Tina Simpson filed for divorce from husband Joe Simpson last month in Texas, according to TMZ. Tina blames the split on a "conflict of personalities."

The stars of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" have been involved in a lot of family law disputes lately. Former RHOA star Sheree Whitfield may finally get the child support money she's been waiting on for over three years.

Sheree claims that her ex-husband and former Atlanta Falcon Bob Whitfield hasn't coughed up child support in 38 months, according to TMZ. Now Bob has about three weeks to pay Sheree $75,000 in back child support, or else.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak is locked in a legal battle with her mom, Karen Zolciak, over the right to visit Kim’s daughters, TMZ reports.

Karen claims that Kim cut her off from her grandchildren because she used an off-limits indoor bathroom instead of a porta-potty at Kim’s wedding. Kim, on the other hand, argues that Karen should be denied visitation rights becase she’s an unfit grandparent.

A Cobb County daycare center for special needs children has closed its doors after its employees mistakenly left a disabled toddler on a bus for four hours in the summer heat, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Tamara Sue Robbins and Michelle Ava Bierkamp, employees of Pediatric Services of America Healthcare, have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Robbins and Bierkamp allegedly failed to check if any children remained on the daycare’s bus. As a result, a medically fragile toddler was left alone on the bus for hours and was later hospitalized for dehydration.

It looks like Halle Berry’s drawn-out custody battle with ex-partner Gabriel Aubry may be coming to an end.

The former couple split up in 2010, but have been locked in a child custody battle ever since. Berry, who’s engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez, wants to bring her 4-year-old daughter Nahla along when she moves to France. The judge is expected to rule in the custody case any day now, according to TMZ.

Carlton is all grown up. Actor Alonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Will Smith's uptight cousin on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has tied the knot, Time reports.

On Saturday, Ribeiro married fiancee Angela Unkrich in California. It was Ribeiro's second time down the aisle.

The bizarre Octomom saga has taken a disturbing new turn.

Two former nannies of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman have come forward, claiming that Suleman neglected her children and even allowed sexual abuse to occur in her home, CBS News reports. La Habra police have been investigating the allegations for weeks and will soon send the case over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Whitney Houston is probably rolling in her grave right now. The late singer’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, recently confirmed that she’s engaged to her adopted brother Nick Gordon, reports.

Bobbi Kristina’s family is understandably upset about the bizarre engagement. It may be creepy, but is it illegal to marry your adopted sibling in Georgia?

This week, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman announced that they’ve separated after 30 years of marriage. While for most couples separation is just a step on the way to divorce, for others it’s a long-term solution.

In a separation, the spouses remain married, but usually live apart. You can formalize a separation by obtaining a decree of separate maintenance and court orders for child custody, visitation, or property division if applicable. But why choose a legal separation over divorce?

After 30 years of marriage, it looks like Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are calling it quits.

DeVito's publicist has announced that the couple is separating, Newsday reports. DeVito and Perlman married back in 1982 and have three adult children together.

Babysitting duties didn't stop Lamont Andre Cummings from getting some work done.

Cummings allegedly abandoned his girlfriend's 5-month-old baby in the car after burglarizing a Lilburn home last week, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Now Cummings, 34, is facing child cruelty charges, on top of his burglary charges.

Usher is apparently kicking ex-wife Tameka Foster while she's down.

The singer was granted sole custody of the former couple's two sons after a drawn out court battle in August. Now, Usher is kicking Tameka out of the Georgia home he owns, TMZ reports.

Bow Wow isn't so "lil" anymore. In fact, the rapper was recently ordered to pay child support for his 1-year-old daughter.

Now Bow Wow is back in court fighting with the girl's mother, Joie Chavis, about the amount of that support. The problem is that the rapper failed to disclose important financial information, according to TMZ.

Some women feel overwhelmed by motherhood. Maybe they can't afford a child or they lack a support system to help raise the baby. Unfortunately, sometimes these mothers choose to abandon their baby in a place where the child either won't be found or could be injured or killed.

In response, Georgia lawmakers passed the Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002. The act protects mothers who abandon their children in a "medical facility." Below, we've included everything you need to know about Georgia's safe haven law.