“Big Bang Theory” Star’s Divorce Finalized

Mayim Bialik’s divorce from Michael Stone has been finalized.

The “Big Bang Theory” star filed for divorce in November 2012. Bialik and Stone married in 2003. The couple has two sons together.

As part of the couple’s divorce settlement, Bialik got to keep a condo in Studio City and Stone retained the couple’s 3 bedroom home in Sherman Oaks.

Source: TMZ.com, “Mayim Bialik – Divorce Final – The Valley Divided,” May 26, 2013

Terrence Howard’s Divorce Finalized

Terrence Howard’s bitter divorce against Michelle Ghent is finally over.

A judge finalized the couple’s divorce this week and awarded 2 houses in Pennsylvania and 25 bank accounts to Howard. Ghent was ordered to return a 2011 Range Rover to Howard. She was allowed to keep a bike and a BMW. Howard was ordered to pay Ghent $5,800 per month in spousal support for 3 years.

Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011 after a year of marriage and accused Howard of physical abuse. Howard denied the charges and called Ghent a racist.

Source: TMZ.com, “Terrence Howard – Nasty Divorce War Over – Ex-Wife Gets Bicycle,” May 10, 2013

“Biggest Loser” Couple Plans to Divorce

A couple who met on the set of the “Biggest Loser” has separated and plans to divorce.

Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson were contestants during the ninth season of the weight-loss competition show and married in May 2012. Poueu proposed to Anderson on the “Biggest Loser” ranch.

A representative for Anderson released the following statement to Us Weekly: “It is with great sadness that my marriage to Sam Poueu is ending.” It was also revealed that Anderson is seven months pregnant with the couple’s first child and she is due in July.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “ ‘Biggest Loser’ divorce – Sam Poueu, Stephanie Anderson split up,” Christie D’Zurilla, May 8, 2013

“Suburgatory” Actress Files for Divorce to End Secret Marriage

“Suburgatory” actress Jane Levy is seeking to end a marriage that escaped the public eye.

Levy married actor Jaime Freitas in March 2011 but the couple separated shortly thereafter in October 2011. Levy filed for divorce in April.

Source: New York Daily News, “ ‘Suburgatory’ actress Jane Levy files for divorce after secret marriage,” Chinderah Monde, May 5, 2013

Tribal Rights at the Center of Child Custody Fight Before the U.S. Supreme Court

A South Carolina couple who adopted a 3 year old girl in 2009 is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to order the biological father to return the child to them. The Court agreed to hear the case because it presents questions about the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act to state child custody disputes.

The child, simply known in court papers as “Baby Girl,” was born in Oklahoma in September 2009 to a Hispanic mother and a Cherokee Nation father. The mother placed the infant with adoptive parents in South Carolina the next day.

The biological father of the child contends that he and the mother were engaged when she learned that she was pregnant and that he asked her to move up their wedding date so that the child would be legitimate. The mother refused and told the father that she did not wish to marry him. She also asked for financial support, which the father refused unless she married him.

The mother subsequently decided to put the baby up for adoption. The father, who is a soldier in the U.S. Army, did not learn of the adoption until 12 days before his 11 month deployment to Iraq (where he received a Bronze Star).

The father sued for custody in South Carolina state court, arguing that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) generally bars the adoption of Indian children by non-Indians. Congress passed the ICWA in 1978 because the overwhelming majority of Indian children removed from their families out of child welfare and safety concerns were being placed in non-Indian homes.

A South Carolina family court judge agreed and ordered the adoptive parents to turn over the child to her biological father in Oklahoma. The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed with a 3-2 vote. “We do not take lightly the grave interests at stake in this case,” the court wrote. “Adoptive Couple are ideal parents who have exhibited the ability to provide a loving family environment for Baby Girl. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that we affirm the family court order.”

The adoptive parents turned over the child (who was 2 years old at the time) to the biological father in December 2011 and has lived with him and his parents in Oklahoma ever since.

Lawyers for the couple argue that the father never took any responsibility that would qualify him as a “parent” under the ICWA and that he failed to provide any financial support to the birth mother during her pregnancy. The couple also argues that if the South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision is upheld, it would “permit biological fathers of Indian children to repudiate their parental responsibilities under state law while retaining a back-pocket veto over the mother’s choice to place her child for adoption.”

The couple also pointed out that the child is only 3/256ths Cherokee, she never lived on tribal land, and that the biological father had severed all ties with the mother before the child was born.

Oral arguments were heard by the Supreme Court on April 16th and a decision should be announced in June. The case is Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (Docket No. 12-399).

Source: Christian Science Monitor, “Supreme Court to hear child custody fight; at crux is law on tribal rights,” Warren Richey, April 15, 2013

“Pitch Perfect” Star’s Husband Files for Divorce

“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Camp’s husband has filed for divorce.

Michael Mosley filed for divorce on April 23rd in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Mosley stated in court papers that the couple separated on January 1st. Camp and Mosley have been married for 3 years.

Mosley is a television actor and has appeared in “30 Rock,” “Justified,” and “Scrubs.”

Source: TMZ.com, “ ‘Pitch Perfect’ Star Getting Divorced – Treble in Paradise,” May 2, 2013