Arizona courtrooms are full of parents who are concerned about child custody and support in the aftermath of their divorces. Indeed, child support is often a contentious issue that leads to drawn-out legal proceedings, with some of these lasting for years. Even well-known federal officials are not exempt from enduring such legal processes, as evidenced by a recent case out of the nation's capital. Ex-director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag has just resolved his own child support case with his ex-wife, with the decision handed down on July 10.
When many Arizona couples divorce, they find ways to share custody and allow both parents to continue to be involved in the children's lives. However, for some reason or another, some parents file for sole custody. They might think that the other parent is not a fit mother or father. Perhaps one parent refuses to work and earn money to support the child, or maybe the parent lives a partying lifestyle and allowing him or her to raise the child would be detrimental to the child. NBA star Paul George is asking for sole child custody of his baby daughter with limited parenting time for the baby's mother -- if his paternity is confirmed.
When it comes to agreeing on a child custody agreement, it seems to be a balancing act. How often will a child spend time with one parent versus the other? What school will he or she attend? What holidays will be spent with mom? Who pays for summer camp?
Once a woman becomes pregnant, does she lose the right to relocate? A judge on the east coast thought so when he ruled against the mother of Bode Miller's child at a child custody hearing. The judge awarded custody of the pair's son to Miller. An appellate court overturned that judge's decision, and the child is back with his mother -- at least through a child custody hearing scheduled for Dec. 9.