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NBA star settles child custody dispute

Rhode Island residents may think they do not have much in common with famous sports athletes. However, when it comes to issues of one's children, individuals of all socioeconomic status, race and believe often struggle with similar issues. Child custody is an issue that affects many individuals, whether they are going through a divorce or separating from their co-parent.

Steve Nash, who plays point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers has been involved in an ongoing and contentious child custody battle with his ex-wife, Alejandra Amarilla. The couple separated in November of 2010 and have three children together. The child custody dispute has revolved around Amarilla's desire to move the children from Arizona to California. Nash feels that this would not be in the best interests of the children and that his ex-wife wants to make the move so that she could receive more money in child support.

After many attempts to reach a settlement, the couple has finally agreed on what will be in their children's best interests. An Arizona judge has signed off on the settlement agreement between the couple. The details of the agreement are to remain sealed.

Child custody disputes are very personal. Every family is different and will have unique challenges. It is for this reason that parents should make every attempt to come to an agreement between themselves and not rely on the courts. Experienced legal professionals will serve as one's advocate and fight for the parent's rights and their wishes and desires in mediation and negotiation proceedings.

While an aggressive nature can serve the parent well, it is also important to seek out legal representation that has the ability to finesse and settle with opposing counsel when necessary. No matter how challenging a child custody dispute can be, it is important to remember from both a legal and emotional standpoint to always do what is in the best interests of the children.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Steve Nash Settles Child Custody Dispute With Ex-Wife Alejandra Amarilla", Oct. 3, 2013

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