Many people who go through a divorce in Ohio know that child custody can be a contentious issue. With which parent a child lives is one of the most emotional decisions that many couples face during a divorce. Child custody decisions can sometimes be reached by negotiation between the parties, but when they cannot agree, a court steps in and determines what it believes is in the best interests of the children.
Ohio readers recognize that the custody of a child is an emotional issue in every divorce or separation in which children are involved. Parents want what is best for their children, though they often disagree as to who should have primary child custody. An unusual case currently being contested has pitted a biological mother against the stepmother of a 6-year-old boy.
In a Florida case that Ohio residents may well find disturbing to say the least, a mother from the Miami-Dade area was recently charged with the crime of attempting to sell her own child. Allegedly, the woman had made arrangements to sell the baby boy to a man for $7,000. She is currently in jail on charges of illegal adoption, but readers of this blog may be particularly interested in the child custody battle that has resulted from this situation.The 8-month-old baby boy is now the subject of a dispute between two men who are vying for custody. One of the men is the boy's legal father and husband to the mother -- although the two do not appear to live together anymore as he currently lives elsewhere with his girlfriend. The second of the two men, who lives in Key West, is purportedly the boy's biological father.
One of the most important things that divorced parents who share custody of child must remember is to keep the lines of communication open. Confusion can cause mix-ups that could land people in jail or lead to them losing custody.
Ohio residents and citizens all over America seem to enjoy hearing about the politicians who hold themselves up as the keepers of family values. Every city in America is known to have parents that are behind in child support payments, but when someone with means or public responsibilities reaches is involved, people talk.
Child custody disputes in Ohio and throughout our country are typically decided by what the court deems to be the best interests of the child. Of course, people do not always agree as to what is the best situation for a child, and the courts are left trying to decide that from among the parties' child custody claims. Take the case of a North Carolina woman who recently lost custody of her 6 and 11-year-old children to her ex-husband, now living in Chicago. The woman has stage 4 breast cancer, and she believes the trial judge gave custody to the ex-husband solely because she is suffering a life-threatening illness.