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Actress Kelly Rutherford engaged in child custody dispute

No Westchester parent wants to lose their child. However, child custody disputes often lead to one parent not being with the child. The noncustodial parent may have visitation rights enabling that parent to meet the child, according to a court-ordered schedule. Sometimes, the parents may live in two different countries, and that situation may make it very difficult for the parent to visit the child regularly. Kelly Rutherford, one of the stars of "Gossip Girl," was told by the New York court that it would allow her children to be returned to her German-born ex-husband.

Post-divorce signs of anxiety in children

Dealing with divorce is not easy for anyone in New York. It can sometimes seem that the whole family is unraveling, since decisions made by the court about how the children will be raised and where they will live sometimes feel arbitrary. But many parents decide to put aside their differences while finalizing issues related to child custody. They may negotiate with each other on the custody arrangements and visitation plans, so that their children are not affected emotionally.

Child custody issue escalates; woman arrested in connection

Child custody issues, whether they occur in Westchester, New York, or elsewhere, can be one of the most contentious topics when it comes to the subject of divorce. In a recent child custody related case, an East Coast woman has been charged with multiple criminal counts that stemmed from a confrontation with the police in relation to a child custody issue.

New York family courts bogged down by low number of judges

Recent reports claim that family court cases, including child custody cases, have been facing prolonged lags across New York over the past few years. The main culprit is a strained legal system - a combination of an influx of cases and a stagnant number of judges.

Shifting gender expectations affecting child-custody disputes

With divorce widely reported as ending about 50 percent of all marriages in the United States, many couples face tough decisions when it comes to a variety of issues, including property and asset distribution and spousal support. One of the most emotional issues, however, is child custody.

Failing to gain custody, Washington mother abducts son and flees

New Yorkers know that one significant area of family law involves determining who a child will live with. As a personal issue, child custody is well known for generating anger and conflict. Unfortunately, disputes over custody can sometimes take unexpectedly dangerous turns even between blood relatives.

College planning can be part of child custody agreements

New York parents of who are going through a divorce and want some form of joint custody have to plan for visitation schedules, pick-ups and drop-offs and all the logistics that go with raising children after a divorce. However, a child custody agreement should also look forward to a time when the children are growing up and more independent. This includes planning for college.

Bode Miller and ex-girlfriend in New York child custody dispute

When New York parents end their marriage or their relationship, one of the most difficult decisions they have to make is which parent is going to be the primary custodian of their child. On occasion, the court may choose to award joint custody. Another common resolution is for the court to assign legal custody to the parent deemed best suited to ensure the well-being of the child, and provide the other parent with regular visitation rights.

New York court rules against mother in custody dispute

At times, when a marriage between a couple comes to an end, it is the mother who is frequently deemed by the court to be the primary custodian of the children. Yet a child custody dispute may involve developments which will lead to the mother losing her right to physical custody of her children.

Custody dispute questions pregnant mother's travel rights

Though custody disputes are not uncommon among divorced parents and are sometimes settled relatively quickly, there are occasions when these disputes turn into major prolonged legal battles that eat into the lives of both the parents and their child. In either situation, though, it is important to understand that the most prioritized concern that any New York court will keep in mind while deciding a child custody dispute is what is in the best interests of the child.

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