Figuring out how child custody will benefit a child the most is something that all divorcing parents in New York must figure out. If one parent is unhappy with a current child custody arrangement or if a life change necessitates changes to a parenting agreement, he or she must first file a petition to have the custody arrangement modified. Some parents may feel as though they have a right to act outside of the custody agreement without having it modified, but doing so can land them in hot water.
The ex-wife of Deion Sanders, a prominent NFL sportscaster, was recently found in contempt of court for refusing to stick to the guidelines of the couple's custody agreement. While appearing in court, Deion Sanders claimed that it was not at all uncommon for his ex-wife, Pilar Sanders, to fail to observe the schedule laid out in their agreement. He had to involve the authorities on one occasion, who visited Pilar Sanders' home a total of three times and were only able to retrieve the children with a court over.
Pilar Sanders told the court that she did not recognize its jurisdiction. Apparently, she therefore did not feel compelled to have to actually follow the custody agreement. Not pleased by past violations of the agreements and a false kidnapping report, the court barred her from all visitation rights to her children. She was also sentenced to a year long probation following a week behind bars.
Deion Sanders was successfully able to accomplish what other parents in New York may have also had to deal with -- modify a custody agreement. While it may be tempting to ignore a court-ordered custody agreement when a parent believes that it is in the best interest of his or her child, doing so can actually place a child in an unfair position if his or her parent is then found in contempt of court. Often, parents might find that the one of the most responsible courses of action to change a child custody agreement is to proceed through the family law court system.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Deion Sanders' ex-wife jailed, loses rights to see kids", Valerie Wigglesworth, Dec. 16, 2014