Bill O'Reilly's long-lasting custody battle was originally a confidential affair, but recent leaks provide a deeper insight into why a New York state appeals court denied his recent request. While child custody decisions take a myriad of factors in consideration, what the final version ultimately boils down to is whatever is in a child's best interests. For O'Reilly's teen children, the court ruled that remaining with their mother was best.
Most people are familiar with O'Reilly as the host of "O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News. The child custody arrangement decided by the state's Supreme Court awarded his ex-wife primary custody of their 12- and 16-year-old children. O'Reilly was awarded visitation rights, including alternating weekends. Displeased with this arrangement, he appealed the arrangement, petitioning for more time with his children. He also petitioned to be made the sole decision-maker for his children.
After reviewing the lower court's decision and the relevant information, the appeals court denied O'Reilly's petition. Not only will the previous custody arrangement stand, but also he will also share joint decision-making duties with his ex-wife. The appeals court cited both the children's preferences, as well as their mother's ability to provide a certain level of comfort for them at home. It also noted that giving one parent the sole authority to make decisions can set a dangerous precedent for alienating the other parental figure.
Prior to his appeal, a parenting coordinator was appointed to O'Reilly and his ex-wife. The coordinator's sole purpose is to help the two resolve any large disputes or decisions concerning the children. In instances in which New York parents find it difficult to resolve parenting and child custody disputes, court-appointed parental coordinators can prove to be especially helpful in keeping feuding parents from heading to court over every detail.
Source: New York Daily News, "Bill O'Reilly loses custody battle with ex-wife over their two kids", Stephen Rex Brown, Feb. 29, 2016