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Parent relocation can lead to child custody dispute

Ohio residents know that child custody can be a contentious issue in even the most amicable of divorces. In many child custody disputes, both parents simply want what they believe is in the best interests of the children. The problem, of course, is that they often have differing views on just what that means.

Even after a divorce, child custody can continue to be in issue. This is often true when one parent seeks to move with the children to another state. While the reasons for a proposed move can be valid, the noncustodial parent has a right to object.

Ohio readers may be interested to learn about a case in which a man is protesting his wife's request to move his children to a different state. The man is currently entitled to visitation with his three children -- ages, 13, 16 and 20 -- on Tuesdays and every other weekend. However, if the children move, he will have them only during summer vacations, reports state.

Feeling that he may be in jeopardy of losing his child custody battle, the 42-year-old father has taken his argument out of the courtroom and into the streets. Posting hand-crafted signs leading to the courthouse, the father invited people to watch his nearly 19-minute YouTube video about the child custody dispute, hoping to sway public opinion to his side. A few years ago, the man faced allegations that he hit his daughter. While child abuse charges didn't stick, he was convicted of disorderly conduct. A further hearing on the custody matter is scheduled for May 10 during which the judge is expected to make a final ruling about the matter.

These types of disputes are never easy, and a court is typically asked to weigh a number of factors to reach a fair decision. While it remains to be seen how the court will rule, the father and mother clearly have differing opinions on what is best for their children. It will be interesting to see how this case is decided.

Source: The Northwestern, "Man takes custody fight to the streets of Oshkosh," Patricia Wolff, April 10, 2012

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