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Best interests of a child a question in custody case

The impending birth of a child is likely a time of excitement and anticipation for both mothers and fathers in Virginia and around the world. However, one man likely saw his worst fears realized when his wife died giving birth to their daughter while he lived in another country. Unfortunately, he is now left in a position where he may need to prove that living with him is in the best interests of a child.

The 34-year-old mother was only recently given a visa to the United States through a lottery. She had planned to petition for her husband to come join her. She, unfortunately, passed away in childbirth before she could complete the process.

The newborn child has been living with the deceased mother's cousin who has been granted temporary custody. The cousin claims that she accepted custody of the infant to prevent her from being placed in foster care. Though she reportedly claims that she believes the child should be with her father, she asserts that her cousin did not want to have the child raised in Cuba, where the father lives. The father has recently hired an attorney to help him take custody of his young daughter.

Even in the best situations, a child custody case can be complicated. When one party is also coming to terms with the unexpected death of his wife at the same time, he may be especially stressed about the appropriate course of action. Often, parents in Virginia are also left fighting for the best interests of a child. Having an experienced professional guide the process can ease some of the stress associated with the process.

Source:, "Cuban woman who died while giving birth in Miami wanted baby raised in US, cousin says", Roy Ramos, March 29, 2018

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