Whether you’re a fan of the Olympics or not, the fact of the matter is that you can’t turn on the television or sift through Google News without hearing or reading something about the winter games in Sochi, Russia. Moreover, because of extensive media coverage, you also get bios on certain athletes such as where they came from and the personal struggles they have had to endure. But one athlete’s story in particular is sure to grab the attention of many of our readers here in Kentucky.
The story of Olympic skier Bode Miller is a relatable one for many of our readers because although he is a professional athlete vying for a medal, he is also a father currently embroiled in a lengthy child custody battle with his ex-girlfriend. What makes his situation so complex is not because of his semi-celebrity status but rather the fact that two states are involved in the matter, meaning two jurisdictions with differing laws are trying to solve the dispute before it drags on too long.
Some residents here in Louisville may already be familiar with his story because of a November 2013 New York Times article in which the newspaper highlighted the legal issues facing the 36-year-old skier and his child’s 27-year-old mother. Because the mother of the child is currently attending school in New York, she feels that the New York courts should have jurisdiction and handle the custody arrangements for the child. Miller disagrees however and contends that California should have jurisdiction because that is where he filed a petition to establish a paternal relationship with his child.
Although both sides, according to the New York Times article, say that they are hoping to come to some co-parenting agreement, this could prove difficult with both state courts still vying for jurisdiction. The hope though is that both courts will keep in mind what is best for the child and come to some form of compromise in the near future.
Source: Slate, “A Woman’s Right to Move,” Emily Bazelon, Feb. 17, 2014