Many parents in Minnesota endure custody battles over their children that can go on for years. Reality television star Nicole Curtis has signed a joint custody agreement with her ex-boyfriend that brings an end to their three-year custody dispute.
Nicole and her boyfriend, a businessman from Minnesota, have shared custody of their son previously but had filed several legal actions against each other recently to modify the arrangement. The most current agreement states that they will share equal responsibility and decision-making authority for their son’s well-being, including his education, medical care and religious upbringing.
The two are prohibited by the recent agreement from making derogatory statements about each other in their son’s presence. Neither parent is allowed to alter the child’s appearance without informing one other.
Curtis has agreed to create a $250,000 trust which her ex can use to purchase a condo within 25 miles of her home to facilitate their joint custody arrangement.
Many people find that a joint custody arrangement becomes difficult when both parents cannot work together and agree on important issues. Sometimes it is necessary to reopen a child custody case if joint custody is no longer the best situation for a child. An attorney with experience in family law may be able to assist parents who want to request a modification of a prior joint custody order.
Any judge will first consider a child’s best interests when making custody determinations. In cases where one parent refuses to cooperate with an order, the other party may ask for sole custody or request that the court punishes the individual who is not cooperating by imposing fines or jail time. An attorney may be able to assist clients with explaining to a judge why a custody modification or punishment is appropriate under the circumstances.
Source: People, “Nicole Curtis and Ex Maintain Joint Custody Agreement, Ending Years-Long Legal Battle Over Son“, Mackenzie Schmidt, October 24, 2018