Due to basic biology, men are not the first to know that they will soon become parents. In some cases, men are very surprised to learn about their unborn children but nevertheless very excited about the prospect. Conflicts between men and expecting mothers can arise and result in child custody battles, however, if one of the parents wants to keep the child and the other does not.
A unique custody battle is currently underway after two adoptive parents were ordered to give up their adopted daughter, returning her to the care and custody of her biological father. The father is in the army and did not know that his daughter had been born until weeks after her birth. The mother allegedly relinquished the daughter and placed her for adoption without the father's consent or permission. The adoptive parents intend to appeal the ruling.
Even when it is not a case of one parent giving up custody of a child without the other parent's consent, child custody can easily become a contentious issue full of high emotions. When custody is disputed, Los Angeles courts generally focus on the welfare of the child and the child's best interests. The parent's rights also play a large role, however, and it is generally in the best interests of the child for both parents to be involved. Although conflict between parents, relocation and other issues can make it difficult to agree on child custody matters, there is often a workable solution.
Qualified family law attorneys can help California parents arrive at compromise and agreement by advising the parents of their rights and options. Parents willing to communicate can often resolve visitation and custody disputes through mediation, collaborative law processes or settlement negotiations. Regardless of the specific circumstances, a focus on the needs of the child and a willingness to cooperate can help everyone reach a positive agreement.
Source: New York Injury News, "Couple ordered to return adopted child to biological father," Dec. 20, 2012