Child custody is such a hot button topic in divorce cases because in some instances a parent's relationship with his or her child will be forever changed. To go from being with one's child every single day to a potential situation where that is not the case can be emotionally devastating for both the child and the parent. This is why courts take child custody issues very seriously and make every effort to ensure the child is placed in the best home, irrespective of what the parents may want. In doing this, courts utilize the best interest of the child standard to guide its decisions.
One court may have to weight these interests in the case of a famous parent. Clint Eastwood, the famous actor and director, and his wife of 17 years are calling it quits and getting a divorce. The couple has a prenuptial agreement that lays out the entitlements of the parties, specifically the rights of the wife. Yet, Eastwood is requesting that he not have to pay any type of spousal support and he wants custody of their 16-year old daughter. The courts have not yet made any determination with regard to custody.
Depending on the age of the child in question in custody matters, a court may ask the child where they would prefer to live and with whom they would like to live. Although the court is not obligated to do this and can weigh any information it gathers as it sees fit, knowing a child's preference can prove to be beneficial. At the end of the day, custody decisions reside with the courts, unless the couple can come to an agreement before the case goes before a judge.
Battling for custody of a child can be exhausting and emotional. A Michigan attorney can help attempt to negotiate a resolution that leaves the parent in a position to maintain a close relationship with the children involved. If the issue goes before a judge, an attorney will make legal arguments in an effort to show why his or her client is best suited to support a child's best interests.
Source: The Celebrity Café.com, "Clint Eastwood wants judge to deny wife's request for spousal support," Samantha Ravenscroft, Dec. 21, 2013