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Complicated child custody situation crosses borders

A 34-year-old expectant mother was reportedly ecstatic to win a visa lottery, allowing her to legally enter the United States. The woman's cousin says it was her dream to build a life here for her children. Sadly, soon after her arrival in the U.S., the woman died during childbirth. The situation has developed into a child custody problem that has crossed international borders. New Jersey residents facing similar problems may want to follow this case. 

The infant's father is a Cuban citizen who still resides in his homeland although the now-deceased mother of his child was reportedly going through a process to secure his entrance to the U.S. so that they could raise their family here. The decedent's cousin was given temporary custody of the newborn child. She has adamantly stated that her cousin had expressed her desire for her baby to raised in the United States. 

The child's aunt says she understands that the child's father is alive and should be able to be with his daughter. However, she also wants to make sure her cousin's wishes are fulfilled as she made plans for her children before she suffered an untimely death. The aunt says those plans should be followed, and the child should remain in the U.S. because it is what her mother wanted.  

The father has apparently hired an attorney in the U.S. to pursue child custody on his behalf. It is undoubtedly a complicated, emotionally-charged situation in the wake of tragedy. New Jersey residents facing complex custody or visitation matters may want to take similar steps as the man in this situation has done to rely on experienced guidance and support rather than try to resolve such problems on their own. A family law attorney knows how to protect parental rights and make sure proceedings focus on the best interests of the child or children involved.  

Source:, "Cuban woman who died while giving birth in Miami wanted baby raised in US, cousin says", Roy Ramos, March 29, 2018

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