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Child custody cases can become complex court battles

Illinois parents currently dealing with a divorce or separation from a spouse could likely understand the difficulty dealing with issues related to child custody. Many child custody cases in Illinois can be handled outside of the courtroom. However, there are some instances where the court must become involved. Determining what is best for the child is typically the goal of all parties involved - parents, lawyers and judges alike.

One such child custody dispute involves the difficult and complicated case of "Baby Veronica." This custody battle has been in progress for some time between her adoptive and biological parents. The adoptive parents received custody of the girl when she was a baby. Her biological father, who had given his ex full custody but had not agreed to an adoption, then challenged the adoption and was given custody of the girl when she reached two years of age.

Baby Veronica is now about to turn four, and custody has been given back to the adoptive parents. Her father is now trying to cite tribal law and his Native American heritage to nullify the court’s ruling on the matter. The issues in this case made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, mainly because they are highly unusual for a child custody proceeding.

Illinois child custody cases can often be handled easily between parents and with no involvement with the court system. However, there are other times in which a custody case can become very complex. When parents do not agree on issues related to child custody, a court may need to become involved in order to ensure the best interests of a child remain the focus

Source: Tulsa World, "Browns offer shared custody as 'Baby Veronica' custody battle continues," Michael Overall, Aug. 8, 2013

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