Readers in Lake County may or may not be aware of the child custody dispute that has been ongoing between Olympic skier, Bode Miller, and the mother of his nine-month-old son. The cross-country conflict has once again heated up and could now have major implications on the parental rights of both the mother and the father prior to a child being born.
The agreements to be made surrounding legal custody, visitation rights and other related topics can be complex and vary from case to case. No two set of circumstances are identical and, therefore, what is deemed to be in the best interests of the child in one situation may not be so in another, even if some facts are similar. Laws regarding child custody work to help identify the best environment for all children but they do not prevent disputes between parents.
No child custody case is ever easy. Even with the most agreeable of parents, such situations are wrought with emotion and involve difficult decisions and concessions. The ideal circumstances have two parents focused on the best interest of the child, being willing to work together. Unfortunately, that is not always the reality and many complexities arise.