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Rosie O'Donnell embroiled in child custody dispute

Florida residents who are Rosie O'Donnell fans would be interested to know that her much-publicized divorce has taken a dramatic turn due to her former partner insisting on having sole custody of their daughter.

The longtime popular comedian and TV host decided to end her marriage at the beginning of this year. O'Donnell filed for divorce sometime in February, effectively ending her three-year-old marriage with her partner. Reports indicate that in 2013, while the couple was still married, they adopted a baby girl. The child is currently about two years-old.

According to news reports, O'Donnell's partner recently decided to file for sole custody, citing that it would be in their daughter's best interest that she reside with her rather than with Rosie. Even though the couple signed a thorough prenuptial agreement prior to them getting legally married, O'Donnell has accused her would be ex-partner of using the custody battle as a way to bilk her out of millions of dollars.

Various types of child custody disputes between divorcing or divorced parents of minor children are not uncommon. Most parents want the best for their child. In Florida, shared parenting is often preferred but that preference depends on the specific facts surrounding the case. It is important for both parents to be involved in the life of the child and to have a meaningful relationship with their child.

When disputes over legal or physical custody arise, the best interests of the child can provide focus for moving forward. Anyone who has questions about child custody issues, and options on the best resolution, can consider contacting a family law attorney or firm for more information.

Source: Page Six, "Daughter at the center of Rosie O'Donnell's divorce battle," Emily Smith, April 28, 2015

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