Not all child custody disputes are conventional. While many people think of
child custody in terms of divorcing parents, there are many custody disputes that take
place under unusual circumstances. For example, a wealthy executive in
New York is currently battling for custody of his girlfriend's biological
son, whom he raised as his own, after her recent suicide.
The executive was not allowed to have custody of the child because he is
not the biological father. The couple were unable to have a child naturally,
so the boy's mother conceived through in-vitro fertilization using
sperm from an anonymous donor. The boy, who is now six months old, was
taken into custody by a state child welfare agency after his mother's death.
In order to make his case for custody, the executive submitted a document
to the court in which he is named the guardian of the couple's child.
He pleaded with the court to grant him custody of the child because he
is suffering severe emotional anguish. The man is now undergoing court-ordered
home visits, which may put him closer to being reunited with his son.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a child custody case, it is
an emotional situation for all the parties involved. Judges in New York
and elsewhere always consider what is in the best interest of the child
when deciding these cases. Anyone who faces a child custody dispute may
find it beneficial to seek an understanding and supportive legal counselor
who can make the best case for keeping the family together.
Source: New York Post, "Pfizer exec fights for custody of suicide girlfriend's baby," Julia Marsh, Jan. 19, 2013