Although there are many issues in a divorce that may be vigorously contested and fought over, perhaps none is as difficult to resolve as child custody. The parents may have sharply contrasting opinions on how best to raise the child with no simple resolution at hand. In that vein, Pennsylvania residents may be interested to hear about the child custody battle that recently came to an end between actor Kelsey Grammer and his ex-wife.
The two share a 7-year-old son and a 10-year-daughter, and even though Grammer remarried in February 2011, the child custody battle with his ex-wife only ended in late February of this year. Under the terms of the agreement, the children will live with their mother in Los Angeles. Grammer, who lives in Chicago, will have “meaningful” visitation rights.
The exact details of those visitation rights were not available, but they may allow Grammer to continue seeing his children while allowing the children to have a stable home environment. With both parents living so far apart, working out a joint custody agreement may have been difficult. Moreover, the agreement may provide some security to the children as their future is now settled.
Child custody agreements that allow one parent to have full custody while the other parent has “meaningful” visitation rights may be the most desirable outcome for the children in some cases. However, when parents are contesting who gets custody, a family law judge in Pennsylvania will typically take into account a number of factors, and weigh and balance those factors against one another. To tip the scales in one’s favor, the assistance of an attorney may well prove to be invaluable.
Source: New York Daily News, “Kelsey & Camille Grammer settle custody battle,” Nancy Dillon, Feb. 28, 2012