Fantasia Barrino is engulfed in a custody battle. Many Massachusetts fans may remember Fantasia as a winner of American Idol on one of the previous seasons. Her ex-boyfriend is now requesting full child custody of their 13-year-old daughter.
NBA basketball star, Paul George, and the mother of his alleged child are in a child custody dispute. The mother filed for sole child custody, claiming issues with George's travel schedule. George, who plays for the Indiana Pacers, also filed for full custody, claiming a number of reasons. It is important for Massachusetts parents to remember that family law judged will consider what is in the best interest of the child when making such decisions.
In recent years, men have been recognized for taking a more active role in their children's lives. However, a perceived disparity still exists when it comes to fathers across the United States and here in Massachusetts being treated equally in child custody disputes. Many state legislatures are now rethinking child custody laws and making the process fairer to fathers.
Child custody battles are difficult enough for separated parents living in the same state, such as Massachusetts, but what happens if the parents are from two different countries? Child custody disputes between parents from different countries can be very complicated. The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a treaty that covers cross border child custody disputes, gives jurisdiction to the country where the child lived before the separation to decide where the child should live.
In Massachusetts, divorces that involve children most often have child custody battles as well. When couples with children are in divorce proceedings, the first and most common question they ask lawyers is "Who will get custody of the kids?" Even though child custody cases are intense and stressful for families, the most important thing to consider is what is in the best interests of the children.