The most paramount concern in matters of child custody is the safety and best interests of the children involved. When a divorcing spouse tries to take advantage of a situation like a military deployment, it can have deleterious effects on the children involved. A recent child custody matter that was finally settled shows what can happen when people don't consider their children's interests.
Once a child custody dispute has been settled and the court documents the details of that settlement, any deviation can result in criminal charges for the parent who violates the court order. Most Denver area parents are diligent about following the custody arrangement set forth in their divorce decree; however there are times when the authorities need to get involved to enforce the terms of a custody agreement, as one recent story demonstrates. It begins with a father who feared he would never see his daughter again after his ex-wife absconded with their 4-year-old daughter and fled to Mexico with her and her teen-age daughter from a previous relationship. The father now plans to seek sole custody of his daughter and is asking a court to terminate his ex-wife's parental rights. The man had primary custody of the girl and the mother received visitation rights with certain conditions surrounding the visitation.
Many couples in the Denver area and elsewhere struggle with a handful of issues when they are married. But according to one experienced family law attorney, one issue that has been on the rise is alcohol abuse. According to this attorney, she has seen a "significant" increase in one spouse making an alcoholism claim against the other during the last few years.
For men who make the decision to donate sperm in order to help couples who cannot conceive a child, many likely don't think that they will ever be hit with a bill for child support. But one story unfolding in a state neighboring Colorado underscores the dangers of people who try to do these procedures on their own without going through the official channels.