When it comes to child custody cases, things can get difficult. During different times in a pregnancy, a woman may be more likely to receive more rights, whereas at other times, both parents may be seeking custody or want to have their say. The Bode Miller child custody case has raised an important question about what rights a pregnant woman has and if she is obligated to live near the biological father.
According to the story, Bode Miller, an Olympic athlete, met his ex in California in 2012, but the relationship was brief. When Miller discovered that the woman was pregnant, he was already in another relationship with a woman whom he later married. But this wasn’t the major issue in the case; the problem allegedly happened when the pregnant woman traveled to New York to attend Columbia University using the GI bill.
In Feb. 2013, she gave birth, but the New York judge in the custody case said that by moving, she had done something wrong. The case was moved back to California, and that’s where Miller had already filed paperwork to gain the parental rights of the baby.
In this case, the woman filed an appeal and the case was returned to New York. That wasn’t done before she had lost custody for a period of time, though. Now, with the case being in New York, people are wondering if the rights of pregnant woman to relocate or make new life plans has been impacted by the previous ruling. It would seem that penalizing someone for moving isn’t acceptable, since the Californian courts overturned the initial case. As the case moves forward, the rights of each parent will be discussed and determined in a way that could impact many cases in the future.
Source: Babble, “Why Bode Miller’s Child Custody Case Matters More Than You Think” Alice Gomstyn, Feb. 17, 2014