Some Denver families have found out the hard way that child custody disputes are usually complex and rife with emotions. Most parents want to do what is best for their children, but sometimes they fail to consider the desires of their former partner. In order to skirt the system and prevent the other parent from spending time with their child, some individuals will leave the country and take their kid with them.
From Colorado to New York, children and their parents butt heads all the time; some would say it’s a natural part of growing. The child wants to assert independence and get their way, while the parent generally strives to teach important life lessons.
Readers in Denver may or may not know that the U.S. Supreme Court recently repealed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). With the striking down of this law, marriage in the United States is no longer strictly defined as between a man and a woman. This means that same-sex couples who are legally married in states that recognize gay marriage will now be afforded the same types of benefits as those granted to opposite-sex couples by the federal government.
Child custody hearings are usually tried in the city or county in which they are filed. For example, if a motion for child custody is filed in Denver, a court in Denver County will likely hear the case. In some situations, however, the question of where the case should be litigated is a contentious part of the dispute too. Some states and counties have different tendencies in dealing with child custody disputes than others, making it advantageous to file in one state or county versus another.
There are a number of reasons why a court case would be needed to determine legal custody of a child. Divorces often lead to these hearings, as do other situations like questions of neglect or safety. Since the majority of the time, one or both parents are losing at least some of their parental rights child custody cases are rarely easy.
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.
Oftentimes custody battles draw out many emotions and even worries for some Colorado parents, however the situation might be a little more heightened when the custody is so disputed and you're dealing with your own custody issues at the same time. Bond star, Halle Berry was recently reported to have lost the petition she requested regarding her daughter's living situations. Berry had sought to relocate with her daughter to France, due to some serious threats she has been trying to move forward from.
In many cases, custody agreements are between father and mother, but there is one case recently that's making national headlines: a custody battle between father and mother-surrogate. Colorado residents may have heard of the case, where a man and woman agreed to have children years ago and now the eight-week-olds' parentage is being called into question.