There is often a price for fame. Child custody battles are difficult regardless of the people involved. It not only affects both parties, it can also leave huge emotional scars for the children. But when it involves celebrities, every quote and action is magnified by the bright lights of the media. Actress Scarlett Johansson’s bitter custody dispute with her estranged husband Romain Dauriac is the latest high profile case. What started out as a private divorce negotiations between Johansson and Dauriac has escalated into a public feud of the custody of their 2-year-old daughter Rose Anthony.

Celebrities have many of the same real life problems as the average person. One of the biggest challenges is balancing a professional career and family life. According to Dauriac’s divorce attorney Hal Mayerson, said his client was shocked when the actress filed for divorce. Johansson was pushing for a visitation schedule that was not in the best interest of the child. Dauriac is seeking sole custody of their daughter to live with him in France. Johansson has requested primary residential custody.

Making Compromises

Since Johansson filed for divorce, Dauriac is now asking for joint custody and primary physical custody. He is also seeking additional money for spousal support and legal fees. Dauriac also alleges he’s been forced to run his life and his daughter’s life based on Johansson’s work schedule. Dauriac claims he would prefer Johansson to withdraw her petition for divorce. Dauriac also says he has been the primary parent during the couple’s 2-year marriage. Johansson has kept her comments to a minimum. She recently issued the following statement.  “Out of respect for my desires as a parent and out of respect for all working moms, it is with kindness that I ask other parties involved and the media to do the same.”

How a Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney Can Help

Regardless of whether a person is a celebrity or a working class parent, child custody and visitation are some of the most sensitive and complex issues involving divorce. Under Utah family the law, the court’s priority is to always decide what is in the best interest of the child. The first major step is to seek representation from a Salt Lake City divorce attorney with a track record of placing clients in the best position to succeed. The Scarlett Johansson divorce illustrates some of the complexities involved with child custody and visitation. A divorce attorney can provide sound legal advice on which type of custody arrangement is best for a client’s specific situation–whether it is sole or joint custody. But their job goes beyond the divorce process. Should a former spouse refuse to honor the divorce decree handed down by the court, a skilled attorney can file an enforcement order or child custody modification.

Learn More on About Your Child Custody Options

Divorce can get messy and complicated–especially when the custody of children are involved.  It is vital have a Salt Lake City divorce attorney that can help clients make the best possible decisions. Attorney Christopher M. Ault and his staff work diligently in the courtroom and behind the scenes to ensure the rights of each client and their children are protected. To learn more, contact The Ault Firm and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.