Child custody battle over Miccosukee children ruled on

When Florida couples have problems, sometimes it is in their best interest to part ways. Whether they are married or dating, a divorce or a split could mean a better future for both. Although this is not an easy task and is often very emotional and difficult to get through, it could allow them to get out an environment of arguments and disputes. When children are involved, child custody could pose problems with the divorce or separating process. This could seriously affect the child or children involved, so it is best to handle this process with care and patience.

A child custody battle has been ongoing between parents in south Florida. The dispute involves a Miccosukee mother and a non-Indian father, and the case was handled in state court versus a tribal court and the judge made a ruling recently. The judge ruled in favor of the father who was seeking joint custody of his two children.

This child custody battle began after the father went to local court after the tribe's court awarded temporary custody to the mother and tribal member. The father of the children believed he was being deprived of his parental rights, and considers this ruling a victory.

When parents cannot agree on a child custody arrangement or believe that they are not given adequate visitation and parental rights, they can seek to have a custody arrangement modified. A judge will consider various factors in order to determine what is in the best interest of the child.

Those dealing with child custody issues should understand that they have options and rights. Seeking independent advice could help them determine what options are their best and if child custody modification is possible.

Source: The Miami Herald, "Miccosukee child custody case should remain in Florida court, judge rules," David Ovalle, Nov. 22, 2013

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