Seeking Custody of Just One of Multiple Children

Parents of minor children who go through a divorce in Florida may have family situations that warrant creative solutions. In most cases, all children of the marital union will live with the spouse granted primary custody. Occasionally, as circumstances change, some may wish to live with the other parent instead.

When custody is granted to one parent, the children are kept together in one home unless there are extenuating circumstances that warrant a different solution. In a recent case that has received wide publicity, just one of eight offspring wishes to live separately from her brothers and sisters and reside with her father. The young girl claims that her mother behaves in a somewhat abusive manner towards her. The Gosselin family of reality television fame is the subject of the dispute.

The mother, Kate Gosselin, continues to film their long-running program, but one of the couple's older daughers doesn't wish to continue. She states that her mother insists that she participate and has accused Kate of cruelty. Jon Gosselin, the father, is seeking custody of Hannah, but the other children will remain with their mother. Kate was awarded primary custody of all eight children six years ago in a difficult divorce. Legal experts believe that it would be quite rare for a judge to award custody to the father, as courts tend to favor keeping siblings together as being in their best interests.

Divorce often involves a custody dispute between the parents of minor children. In some cases, the mediation process may be an appropriate and effective way to resolve differences. When this is not possible, however, a family law attorney can provide assistance to a parent in demonstrating to the court why their receipt of custody would be in the child's best interests.


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