When parents go through divorce, they may face challenges when it comes to child custody proceedings. Custody decisions can depend on the preferences of multiple people involved as well as what outcomes may be best for the children. In some cases, the original ruling may not satisfy one parent's wishes, and as a result, that individual may wish to appeal the decision.
Newscaster Bill O'Reilly was recently in a similar situation in New York. Reports stated that O'Reilly wished to have sole decision making abilities for his 16-year-old daughter and his 12-year-old son. However, the court system ruled against him, and primary residential custody was given to the children's mother. O'Reilly decided to appeal this decision.
Despite the appeal, the court still ruled in favor of the children's mother. It was reportedly believed that the environment of the mother's home would be better suited to the children's best interests. It was also noted that the children's preferences were taken into consideration due to their ages and maturity levels. Their father was allowed visitation rights on certain weekends and days.
Some parents may struggle with the outcomes of child custody proceedings simply because their time and relationships with their children will likely be affected no matter what the outcome. If New York residents are concerned about the decisions made for the custody of their children, they may wish to appeal those decisions or later seek modifications to terms. Information on taking such action may help interested individuals better understand how to move forward.
Source: New York Daily News, "Bill O'Reilly loses custody battle with ex-wife over their two kids", Stephen Rex Brown, Feb. 29, 2016