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Child custody battle for Scarlett Johansson

22988109_S.jpgIllinois fans of actress Scarlett Johansson may be aware that she has been negotiating with her husband, Romain Dauriac, as the two prepare to divorce. On March 7, Johansson left the negotiating table to file divorce papers. Although Dauriac has asked her to return to negotiations, observers say she is unlikely to do so. Furthermore, she most likely filed the papers to establish New York as their 2-year-old daughter's residence rather than Dauriac's home country of France.

Dauriac could also file in France, and this would mean that there would need to be a legal decision about the child's residence. However, according to Dauriac's attorney, he does not wish to leave New York as long as the two can share custody of the child.

The jurisdiction still must be confirmed by a judge in New York, and the child may be evaluated by a psychologist to determine how she will be affected by various custody arrangements. It is often recommended that a child this young see the noncustodial parent every few days as opposed to spending a week with one parent and a week with the other.

Fathers who are concerned about getting custody of their children, sharing custody or adequate visitation time may want to discuss their concerns with an attorney. There are steps they can take to demonstrate the extent of their involvement in the child's life although if the child is very young, a court may lean toward awarding custody to the mother. However, it may be possible to work out a schedule in which even a young child spends a few days each week with each parent.

Source: USA Today, "Scarlett Johansson's custody battle: What happens next?", Maria Puente, March 92017

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