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Scarlett Johansson and husband facing child custody battle

Although most Louisianans don't consider themselves to have the same life experiences as celebrities, their lives may be more similar than first thought. This is especially true when a Louisianan finds him or herself amidst divorce. Divorce legal issues don't discriminate based on income or notoriety and, at its heart, most people, whether celebrity or not, value the same things. For many going through marriage dissolution, this means trying to figure out what is best for their children.

This appears to be true for superstar actress Scarlett Johansson and her estranged husband, Romain Dauriac, as the couple is now facing a potential child custody dispute. Johansson, who recently filed for divorce, is seeking primary physical custody of the couple's daughter, which Dauriac found shocking. According to his attorney, Dauriac has been the two-year-old's primary parent while Johansson pursued her acting career. The issue could be complicated by the fact that Dauriac lives in France, which could make any kind of joint custody arrangement challenging.

The matter, however, will be decided by an American family law court. As we have discussed in previous posts, these custody determinations always focus on the best interests of the child. Therefore, merely making accusations against one parent does nothing for one's cause unless he or she can demonstrate that those accusations have a direct effect on the child's well-being, whether physical, mental, emotional or financial.

Dauriac was shocked when the custody of his child was thrust into the public arena, just as many Louisianans feel upset when their former loved one tries to seek an unfair or unjustifiable custody arrangement. These individuals should not let their anger get the best of them, though, as that could lead to unintended consequences. Instead, those facing child custody issues should think about whether the assistance of a family law attorney could help them.

Source: USA Today, "Scarlett Johansson's ex: Divorce filing made custody fight a 'public spectacle," Jayme Deerwester and Maria Puente, March 8, 2017

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