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Vague child custody terms lead to Gosselin dispute

It is not unusual for parents to have a difficult time communicating and getting along after divorce. However, because children are involved, these individuals often do have to come in contact with one another. Unfortunately, parents who do not work well together may find themselves facing child custody issues that could escalate into serious situations, even years after divorce.

New York residents may be interested in a recent dispute between former couple and reality television stars Jon and Kate Gosselin. The parents of eight were reportedly at an orthodontist office with one of their 13-year-old daughters when an argument over the girl's custody took place. It was unclear what prompted the disagreement to occur, but Jon called the authorities to address the situation.

Apparently, both parents believed that their custody agreement allowed them to take the daughter. The conflict was turned over to a district attorney who assessed the situation and determined that the custody agreement was vague enough to invite interpretation over who should have custody. It was noted that the young girl did leave the premises with her father.

When child custody terms are vague, disagreements such as this one could easily break out between parents. Not only does such a situation create difficulties for the parents, but the children involved may also face strain. New York parents who feel that their agreements do not sufficiently limit room for interpretation may wish to consider altering those terms. Speaking with family law attorneys about custody modifications may help interested parties determine whether such action may suit their needs.

Source: Us Weekly, "Jon and Kate Gosselin Get in Custody Dispute at Orthodontist Office", Megan French, Aug. 23, 2017

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