When a child is born to parents who are not married, matters related to child custody and child support matters are often less clearly defined. In cases where one parent is absent from a child’s life or may have personal problems that could potentially pose a direct threat to the child’s wellbeing, one parent may choose to seek primary child custody and to limit the other parent’s access to the child.
A recent child custody and support case that’s making headlines involves a 10-month-old baby girl whose father is former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher. The 41-year-old Gallagher was previously involved in a romantic relationship with a 39-year-old journalist, the result of which was a baby girl. While the two are no longer together, the baby’s mother recently filed for primary custody of the child with Gallagher being provided limited and supervised visitation rights.
Gallagher has reportedly never acknowledged, seen or communicated with his young daughter. The girl’s mother, however, is concerned he may one day attempt to be a part of the girl’s life and is therefore taking the appropriate steps to ensure her parental rights as primary parent trump that of the absent Gallagher.
In addition to the ongoing child custody and visitation issues, the 39-year-old journalist has filed a lawsuit seeking child support from Gallagher. To date, however, Gallagher has failed to provide information verifying his income and the child support proceedings have therefore been severely delayed.
While this case deals with famous subjects, many Minnesota parents find themselves facing these same types of child custody and child support issues. A family law attorney can help parents who are seeking physical custody of a child, who wish to make changes to current child custody arrangements or who are seeking child custody payments.
Source: The New York Post, “Liam Gallagher’s baby mama fighting for full custody,” Emily Smith, Oct. 27, 2013