A custody battle has been occurring here in New York involving the famous skier Bode Miller. Many of our readers may have seen Miller while watching the Winter Olympics a couple of months ago, as he competed in multiple skiing events at Sochi. He won bronze in one of these events, Alpine skiing.
The custody battle is between Miller and the mother of his 13-month-old son. The son is currently with the mother.
Earlier this week, a conference was held in this child custody case. According to the New York Daily News, no temporary settlement was reached in this conference.
A case referee has now set a deadline for Miller and the mother to come to an agreement regarding a shared parenting schedule. The deadline is April 7. If the two still haven't reached an agreement by the time that date comes around, a custody hearing will be held. Thus, it will be very interesting to see what happens in the next week in this case.
Generally, when a couple is unable to reach an agreement regarding child custody, a custody arrangement is set by a court. When determining what custody arrangement to put in place, New York courts look at what would be in the child's best interests. There are many different factors courts consider when determining what is in a child's best interests. Thus, there are a wide variety of different types of arguments and evidence that can be relevant in child custody hearings. Family law attorneys can help parents who are going into a child custody hearing construct as strong of a case as possible for the custody arrangement they are arguing for.
Source: New York Daily News, “Bode Miller's custody battle with Sara McKenna over baby son still on as former couple can't reach agreement,” Nathaniel Vinton, March 31, 2014