Kansas residents who follow U.S. political news are likely familiar with freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, whose name often appears in the headlines. Omar’s political views and activities have sparked controversy on more than one occasion; in fact, there have been death threats made against her. Omar is currently making headlines for a more personal reason, as she has filed for divorce from her husband and is requesting shared child custody.
Omar and her husband have three children together. She has been accused of having an affair with one of her political aides and campaign strategists. Omar has stated that her marriage is irretrievably broken and that she believes it is best if she and her ex share equal responsibility for physical and legal custody of their children.
Her aide’s wife, on the other hand, has told the judge overseeing her own divorce that her husband placed their children at risk by exposing them to Omar. She cited the fact that an alleged assassin who was stalking the U.S. Congresswoman had been arrested. In cases like this, a concerned parent can request sole legal and physical custody of his or her children but will have to present compelling evidence in court that convinces a judge that the relief requested should be granted.
Whether a particular child custody case is complex or relatively straightforward, an experienced Kansas family law attorney can provide guidance and support to help a client accomplish his or her goals in court. The court always has children’s best interests in mind when making decisions regarding custody, child support or other pertinent issues. A need for litigation may arise if the parents involved do not agree what is actually in the best interest of their children.