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Miller, child's mother continue father's custody rights battle

Although the Winter Olympics have been over for weeks, the frosty child custody dispute between skier Bode Miller and his child's mother has continued in a New York family court. The athlete has been locked in a contentious fathers' rights battle for months, as he fights for equal access to his 13-month-old son. The most recent news in the case shows that Miller and his ex-lover were unable to reach an accord during a hearing in late March, which means that the child will remain with his mother until the next hearing in the matter.

The child custody dispute has raged for a significant amount of time. Miller met his baby's mother in 2012 through a matchmaking service, and they quickly became intimate. The woman said they were dating in May 2012 when she became pregnant after a contraceptive mishap. By the time the child was born, Miller had already wed a professional volleyball player, Morgan Beck. That woman travels with her Olympian husband, and she has assisted with childcare during periods of temporary custody.

Even though the courtroom battle has been contentious, the child's mother, a Columbia student, said she wants her boy to have a stable life. She said she wants to work in collaboration with Miller to provide a positive relationship with the child. Although that is a laudable sentiment, it appears that Miller and the woman cannot even agree on the simple matter of the child's name. She calls him Samuel, his legal name, but Miller refers to the boy as Nathaniel.

New York fathers who are seeking help with their child support or child custody cases may benefit from the assistance of a local family attorney. A fathers' rights lawyer may educate dads about their legal options during paternity proceedings and other related matters. Fathers deserve to have access to their children after a divorce or other similar split.

Source: New York Daily News, "Bode Miller’s custody battle with Sara McKenna over baby son still on as former couple can’t reach agreement" Nathaniel Vinton, Mar. 31, 2014

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