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Olympic athlete in midst of child support and custody dispute

For Houston couples going through a divorce with minor children still at home, the issues surrounding child custody and support can be some of the most difficult upon which to agree. These child custody issues can even arise in situations where parents have not been married but have a child together and need to determine logistics for where the child will live, when he or she will see either parent and who is financially responsible for what.

One current example of this involves the Olympic skier and bronze medallist, Bode Miller and his former girlfriend. Child support payments from Miller to the mother of his 13-month old son are one area of focus in a child custody dispute being heard by Manhattan Family Court. Unless the couple can come to an agreement determining a temporary custody arrangement, the judge will require a subsequent hearing to decide the next steps.

At the heart of the matter is the mother’s claim that Miller, the father, has not paid any child support at all yet owes it. Miller himself, through his attorney, indicates that child support payments are being handled in California, where they remain in a pending state at the moment. No further details were included in a news report on the subject.

Emotions can run high when anything that affects the best interests of the child and parenting time must be determined. Working closely with a lawyer during such times may be a helpful way to find the best resolution to these decisions.

Source: New York Post, “Bode Miller hasn’t paid ‘a dime’ of child support: lawyer,” Rebecca Rosenberg and Josh Saul, March 31, 2014

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