Ohio followers of Olympic skier Bode Miller will be interested to learn he has been ordered to relinquish custody of his infant son by an Appeals Court judge in Manhattan Family Court. Miller had met the mother on an exclusive online dating service and had had a brief affair resulting in the baby boy. A previous child custody ruling gave Miller custody and judges found that the mother's move to New York from California to attend Columbia University on the G.I. Bill was "reprehensible."
The mother, a former Marine, has seen her son a total of 48 hours since she October 1 as he has been traveling extensively with Miller and his new wife, a professional volleyball player. The mother alleges that Miller originally urged her to get an abortion but she declined. The infant was born in New York on February 23 although the woman was pregnant when she left California.
The next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9, but the woman said she is elated to be reunited with her son, who Miller had re-named. Bode Miller stated that he still hoped to be able to take his son to the Olympics with him in February as it is a "once in a lifetime opportunity."
Child custody disputes can be emotionally loaded and complex. Whether concerning high profile celebrities or private individuals, the best interests of the child must come first. Factors like grandparents' rights, income, shared or joint custody and visitation rights are often considered. A lawyer can help a couple work out these factors and other custody issues.
Source: NY Daily News, "Olympic skier Bode Miller to appear in Manhattan court over custody battle with former lover ", Barbara Ross and Derah Gregorian, November 25, 2013