Fathers’ rights brought to light in child custody case
Some child custody disputes are resolved when both parents realize they should be doing what is best for the child, even if it means conceding on some grounds. On the other side of things, there are cases that lead to courtroom battles that drag on for many months or years.
Our Virginia readers, like many others, are likely familiar with Olympic skier Bode Miller. The famous athlete is entangled in a child custody battle with his baby's mother. This case has brought up feelings by many groups, including those that are championing fathers' rights, as well as those who feel that the rights of the mother must be protected at all costs.
In this case, the mother of the child moved from Miller's home in California to New York, to attend school. As a result, a New York judge called this move "reprehensible" and "irresponsible," believing that she made the move to better her position in a future legal battle. This led to women's group coming to the forefront.
The initial ruling was eventually reversed, leading to McKenna being granted custody of the child until a Dec. 9, 2013 hearing.
On the other side of the argument, Miller has noted that he did not care that the woman moved. He is simply interested in preserving his rights as a father and being a part of his child's life.
These types of cases are more complicated than many people believe. Experienced family law attorneys can help by providing advice on options that a parent might not have considered.
Source: Boston.com, "Skier's custody case becomes women's-rights cause" Jennifer Peltz, Nov. 29, 2013
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