For many of those going through a divorce in San Antonio, the fear of having control of their proceedings wrestled away from them by their soon-to-be ex-spouses may be ever present. Often, divorcing couples may be encouraged to settle the affairs regarding their separation through mediation. This allows each to retain some degree of control. If the two sides of a divorce are unable to come to a compromise, their case may then move on to a family court. There, however, they often learn that what the court thinks is best for their children may differ greatly from what both sides want.
A Virginia couple is currently being taught this lesson by the judge presiding over their divorce case. In a recent ruling, the judge rendered the seemingly odd mandate that the 10-year old daughter at the center of the couple’s custody dispute not be allowed to play competitive golf. The girl has been recognized by several prominent golfers as being a prodigy. The odd ruling, which states that she is not to play competitive golf for one year and is only allowed to play one round with her father per week, has even been brought to the attention of the Pro Golfers Association tour commissioner. The father has stated his intention to challenge the decision.
One familiar with family law as well as this case has stated that in some instances, judges may issue rulings even down to minute details regarding piano lessons and soccer games. Those fearful of having a ruling like this one issued in their cases may want to try that much harder to see them remain in mediation. Achieving one’s goals in mediation may be much easier if he or she has an experienced attorney fighting for his or her best interests.
Source: Deadspin “Virginia Judge Bans 10-Year-Old ‘Prodigy’ From Golf In Custody Battle” McKenna, Dave June 30, 2016