I read an interesting article this week regarding the new realities of online dating and it’s result on child custody battles. Move away contests are often the most contentious in custody litigation. Results of a recent study suggest some parents are not upfront about new relationships when they go to court requesting to relocate their children.
University of Sydney researchers had been following a group of 80 men and women since 2006. They claim the growth of internet romances is combining with a rise in broken relationships and increases in international mobility. Dating sites have significantly increased the opportunities for separated parents to meet new people, and the connections formed are supported by affordable modes of communication like email, chatrooms, and web-based telephone or video.
The legal costs of relocating often reached hundreds of thousands of dollars and the costs of maintaining contact with children were as much as $15,000 a year. Relocation disputes are often the most difficult decisions judges make.
They end in expensive court cases and it is almost always the mother who wants to move, making gender a major issue in the debate. Dating relationships are important, but the relationship with the ability for all parents to be actively involved in their childrens lives is more important. Here in the San Jose Child Custody Law offices,, we practice a child centered and child focused practice. We genuinely seek to find the solution that is in the best interest of the child. We also practice Affordable Limited Scope Services for Custody and Support.