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Guest opinion: Paid family leave benefits workers, employers, too

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same — not ju…

July 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Family law struggles demand state’s attention

More than one out of every five cases filed in Montana District Courts involves family law – divorces, child custody and other matters. More than 60 percent of those cases involve one or more litigants acting without lawyers.

June 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Child advocate volunteers sworn in at Yellowstone County Courthouse

Child advocate volunteers sworn in at Yellowstone County Courthouse

Judge Russell Fagg, standing before the 20 court volunteers he was about to swear in, gave one simple piece of advice. 

March 26, 2013 3:53 pmLoading…
Montana House backs bill to require parental consent

Montana House backs bill to require parental consent

HELENA — The House on Tuesday endorsed a plan to require parental consent for underage abortions, rather than just the parental notification adopted by voters just last year.

February 26, 2013 5:36 pm Related Loading…
Abortion foes say voters may trump Constitution

Abortion foes say voters may trump Constitution

HELENA — Abortion foes seeking to expand the state's parental notification law said Friday that voter-backed laws can trump the Montana Constitution.

February 15, 2013 1:46 pm Related Loading…
2 Jackson legislators back gay marriage, civil unions

2 Jackson legislators back gay marriage, civil unions

JACKSON, Wyo. — Two Republican lawmakers are supporting proposals to allow either gay marriage or same-sex civil unions in Wyoming.

January 15, 2013 10:54 am Related Loading…
Wyoming committee recalculates low-income child support payments

Wyoming committee recalculates low-income child support payments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state House Judicial Committee passed a bill Thursday that would reduce child support payments for low-income parents in Wyoming.

January 10, 2013 10:15 pm Related Loading…

Court upholds end of father's parental rights in Fort Peck tribe case

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision to end a man's parental rights to his daughter in a ruling that defines the extent of efforts that the state must make to prevent the breakup of an American Indian family.

June 21, 2012 1:00 pmLoading…

Montana Legal Services Association cutting staff

HELENA -- Things may get just a little harder for people in Montana who need a lawyer in a civil case but can't afford one, after a planned reorganization and reduction of staff at the Montana Legal Services Association.

October 25, 2011 10:45 amLoading…

Wyoming Supreme Court again snubs lawmakers in same-sex divorce

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Supreme Court again has denied a request from a group of state lawmakers who want to get involved in a pending same-sex divorce case.

May 06, 2011 2:27 pmLoading…

Wyoming House approves same-sex marriage bill

The Wyoming House of Representatives has approved a bill that would specify that only marriages between one man and one woman would be valid in the state.

March 02, 2011 1:52 pmLoading…

Adoptive families celebrate Chinese New Year

Joe Lockwood slid into the booth seat next to his brother and dug into his plate full of lo mein noodles.

February 07, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Kids need help in coping with parents’ breakups

Guest opinion: Kids need help in coping with parents’ breakups

Montana kids need our help in coping with divorce and custody proceedings. Here in Missoula County, one in five new cases filed in District Court is a “domestic-relations case” which includes divorce, legal separation and parenting plans. Additionally, in 63 percent of current domestic-relat…

October 26, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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