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Do prisoners have child custody rights?

Divorce usually comes with a multitude of issues, and one of the most popular issues divorcing spouses argue about is child custody. Understandably, many Alaska residents want equal time with their children. However, this child custody case is rare and involves a convicted killer requesting the court to force visitation rights to his daughters.

According to reports, the father killed his ex-wife back in 2005. He shot her at her place of employment at a community hospital. In 2008, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The mother of the ex-wife was awarded custody of the children back in 2005, and recently, the father filed for partial custody. In addition, he requested report cards and school photos of his daughters throughout the years.

The judge regarded the filing to be frivolous and denied custody. Under the Slayer Act, no parent is entitled to custody who has been convicted of murdering the other parent of the child. There were other filings from the father that were also dismissed in the recent month.

When involved in a child custody battle, it is vital for parents to safeguard their rights to be significant roles in their children's lives. It allows children to continue a loving and involved relationship with both parents. Understandably, there are laws in Alaska and most other states that prohibit parents who have been convicted of murder to have custody of their children. In any case in which parents are forced into litigation, the family court system in Alaska resolves these types of disputes and focuses on the best interests of the children.

Source: newsitem.com, "Judge denies Curran's child custody petition", Eric Scicchitano, Sept. 24, 2014

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