In last week's blog entry, readers were acquainted with the ongoing legal saga of former Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford. New York residents are likely used to hearing about child custody disputes that arise between two high-profile people. After all, those who live their lives in the public eye naturally endure more stress as a relationship unfolds.
Still, it's important for divorcing New Yorkers to know that a child custody dispute can actually happen to anyone. No spouse can control the thoughts, feelings or actions of the other parent. In fact, during an emotionally heated divorce it's often hard to control one's own emotions. For example, if the other parent decides -- during or after the divorce -- that he or she wants to relocate with the child, a whole host of custody-related issues can arise. Often, the first parent is unsupportive of the relocation plan and may react out of fear that he or she could lose quality time with the children. This could take the form of stalling legal proceedings, threatening the other parent or even interfering with visitation.