Child custody cases can often get messy, with children being put in the middle and often feeling forced to choose a side. Joint custody can be a good solution for some. Ohio residents have probably read about a case involving Carole Crist, who is known as a former First Lady of another state. Her story recently made headlines when she received joint custody of her children after a previous decision granting her ex-husband temporary custody was overturned.
Her ex-husband, Todd Rome, received temporary sole custody of their two children. He made accusations that Ms. Crist had been out of contact with their girls for almost two years. The girls had previously lived with their mother and then-Governor Charlie Crist just outside a large metropolitan area in the state where their stepfather served as governor.
While typical custody cases are difficult to navigate, they can be even harder to endure when they're in the public eye and gain a high amount of scrutiny. However, the court system will be required to focus on the best interests of the children just as with any other child custody case. All potential factors will be taken into consideration regarding the best situation for the children.
Although high profile cases are typically the most talked about, child custody cases affect a lot of families. Ohio parents can benefit from knowing their rights concerning custody laws. Joint custody can benefit the children and allow them better access to both sides of the family. Grandparents and other relatives can have a closer relationship with children when joint custody is a reasonable option.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Charlie Crist's wife regains joint custody of her two girls," Adam C. Smith, April 2, 2013