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Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise on Thursday, surprising many people, including Tom Cruise, according to sources close to the couple. Holmes filed in New York and is also seeking full legal custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri.

When TMZ broke the story, it was reported that the Church of Scientology was a big reason that Holmes filed for divorce. She allegedly did not follow the religion as closely as Cruise does.

It is also rumored that she is seeking full custody of their daughter because of the church’s view on medical decisions. In order to receive full custody, Holmes will have to have ‘extensive’ proof that Cruise is not a fit parent.

Most courts want both parents to have partial custody of their children if they are considered fit parents, as that is the best interest of the child. However, officials have stated that courts in New York are more likely to give full custody than California courts, which may be why Holmes chose to file in Manhattan.



Usher and ex-wife face child custody issue

Singer Usher Raymond and ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, are currently in the middle of a child custody battle that a judge has recently sent to mediation.

The couple entered a Fulton County Courtroom this morning where a judge told them to take time today and try to hash out a private mediation agreement.

They were asked to work things out quickly and reconvene before the judge later this afternoon. They are caught up in a dispute about how custodial time will be divided and what child support arrangements are to be made.

The couple currently shares custody, but Tameka is seeking full custody because she claims that Usher uses drugs. He denies this and has requested more time with his children.

Child custody and support are very delicate topics because each parent should want what is best for their child. If you are going through a divorce and need the help of a legal professional to resolve a child custody dispute, the Monmouth County child custody lawyers of the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., are here to help. Contact us by calling 732-898-2378 today.



Custody cases involving pets increase in U.S.

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of custody cases that involve pets in divorce cases.

In a 2006 survey, it was found that the number of custody cases that determine the fate of a pet has grown nearly 15 percent. Attorneys have stated that the court tends to lean toward leaving the pet with the child if there is a child, but in cases where the pet is considered the child to the couple, it becomes a more difficult situation.

In the past, pets have been considered to be more of property, but now they are seen as children. Also, there are currently no laws that state how visitation will work for with pets so it is left up to the split couple to discuss.

Divorce can affect almost every aspect of life and this i why it is important to make sure that you have experienced representation on your side. Contact the Monmouth County divorce lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. by calling (732) 898-2378 today.



Smoking cigarettes now used in child custody disputes

A trend that is now being seen in child custody cases is whether or not the parent smokes cigarettes. A recent study conducted by an anti-tobacco group was done and the results show evidence of this trend growing.

According to results, at least 18 states have used cigarette smoking as a factor in child custody cases. In many cases, judges have ordered that parents can not smoke in front of the child, especially while driving in the car.

In other cases, judges have ordered that the parents can not smoke in the home 24 to 48 hours before the child comes to stay. In some cases, visitation rights have been changed because the parent was smoking tobacco in front of the child.

If you or a loved one is currently in the middle of a child custody case, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Monmouth County child custody case lawyers of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq today by calling (732) 898-2378 today.