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New York executive in unusual child custody fight

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