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Victoria Azarenka skips U.S. Open due to child custody battle

Most parents in New Hampshire would agree that they would do anything to protect their children, even if it means temporarily placing their career on hold. Victoria Azarenka, formerly ranked the number one tennis player in the world, is reportedly doing just that. She has opted to skip the U.S. Open due to her ongoing child custody battle.

The case involves Azarenka, her former boyfriend and their infant son. The couple had the baby in December before their romantic relationship ended this summer. While Azarenka has a custody agreement from her native country, reports indicate that the judge in the current case has declined to accept that agreement.

The child's father filed for custody in California, where Azarenka is said to have a residence. The judge in the case reportedly informed her that she would be unable to leave California with the child during the dispute, and she is reportedly unwilling to leave the baby with his father. Although reports indicate that she offered to buy her ex-boyfriend a plane ticket and provide a hotel room for him during the duration of the event, her offer was not accepted.

Couples who have children together will have a relationship with one another even if their romantic relationship ends. While some parents are able to create a plan to co-parent with relatively little conflict, others are unable to do so, prompting them to seek guidance about their child custody issues from a family law court. For parents in New Hampshire who are in such a situation, an experienced attorney can help them argue for the best interests of their children in court.

Source: New York Post, "Victoria Azarenka to miss US Open amid nasty custody battle", Jaclyn Hendricks, Aug. 11, 2017

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