With more divorces, second and third marriages, and children from each of those marriages, child custody matters continue to become more complex. The wife of former Florida Governor Charlie Crist found herself involved in such a circumstance when she attempted to regain custody of her two teenage daughters. Though a judge had earlier granted the father full custody of the two girls while the mother was out of the country, that order had been vacated in part because there were problems with notice.
It's disturbing how certain parents simply choose not to provide for their children. One out-of-state father with nine children is in arrear close to $100,000 in back child support payments.
Florida's neighboring state of Georgia has recently passed a house bill that would allow grandparents to petition for the court ordered rights of grandparents to be allowed to visit their grandchildren. This bill is similar to legislation proposed or passed on other states that would enhance the non-parental custody and visitation rights of grandparents.
Disputes concerning child custody are often riddled with complications. It often becomes a matter of which party one is going to believe. And sometimes all of the contradictory statements and information that is entered into evidence makes a determination as to what is best for the children extremely difficult.