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Bode Miller, ex-girlfriend battle over child custody

When Missouri parents split, the hardest part often is deciding what to do about the kids. In many instances, both parents want child custody and need a court to decide whether one parent will get sole legal custody or if both will share joint legal custody. Take, for instance, Olympic skier Bode Miller and his ex-girlfriend who have been fighting over child custody since before their nine-month-old son was born.

The saga started on the west coast, where Miller and his ex-girlfriend used to live. But Miller's ex-girlfriend moved to the east coast to attend college shortly before giving birth. Miller attacked the move as an attempt to get the case into a friendlier court. The ex-girlfriend blasted the critique, saying that the opportunity to attend school at a prestigious university was simply too good to pass up.

Weighing on the merits of the move, a family court referee in the ex-girlfriend's state of New York sided with Miller, sending the case back to Miller's home state of California. A court in California then awarded Miller and his new wife custody.

But in the mean time, the ex-girlfriend appealed the family court referee's decision in New York and won. A five-judge panel ruled the state had jurisdiction because the nine-month-old was a resident there.

Following the ruling, the case moved back to the east coast, including a recent hearing that temporarily awarded the ex-girlfriend physical custody. The court will hold another hearing in early December.

As the Miller saga suggests, child custody can get messy when parents separate. This is especially true when one of the parents relocates and wants to take the child with them. Missourians who find themselves in such a situation may benefit from talking with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: msn.com, "Olympic skier Bode Miller loses round in battle over custody of baby son," Victoria Cavaliere, Nov. 26, 2013

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