As many Arizona residents may be aware, child custody is almost never a simple matter. The parents may vigorously disagree on how to properly raise the children, and even after custody is settled on, other issues may pop up in the future. That appears to be the case for famous pop singer Usher and his ex-wife.
In Arizona and around the country, the same dispute is repeatedly seen in family law courts. Courts are asked to strike a balance between the right of parents to raise their child without outside interference and the desire of grandparents to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren. More and more, grandparents are imploring the powers that be to change their home state's family laws on the matter.
With increasing frequency, immigrant parents in Arizona and elsewhere are being detained and deported while their minor children are placed in a foster care system that operates as if the parents do not exist. Consider the case of two sisters, both in their 30's, who suddenly found themselves facing deportation and losing child custody.
Child custody disputes can be gut-wrenching to go through. Not only can there be a contentious spouse to deal with, but the well-being of the children may often hang in the balance. In some cases, other family members may feel that they need to interfere on behalf of the children. Fortunately, some provisions in the law do exist in Arizona and elsewhere, to allow relatives to become involved in a child custody dispute.
An Arizona custody dispute is often fraught with emotion and sometimes sensational allegations. None more so than the current child custody case that has sent three brothers from a dream Grand Canyon vacation to foster care, after authorities discovered their maternal grandfather was abusing them. Park police say the abuse occurred in three states, when the grandfather forced the boys to go on long hikes with little food or water and beat them, in 100 degree heat. Federal authorities argue the jailed grandfather is a flight risk who has two prior drug convictions.