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Tennis star's career impacted by difficult child custody dispute

Many first time New Jersey parents often do not realize the strain a newborn can introduce into a relationship. Lack of sleep, changing hormones, different parenting styles and lack of intimacy as a new family adjusts can be difficult for some couples in what is usually anticipated to be a happy situation. When couples decide that it is best to separate, difficult decisions have to be made, including child custody. Less than a year after the birth of her first child, a professional tennis player is having to make some difficult choices about the care of her child.

Victoria Azarenka is a 28-year-old tennis player currently ranked 208th in the world. Apparently, her pregnancy, maternity leave and the tournaments she has had to miss as she addresses issues concerning the custody of her child have all impacted her ranking. She was in a relationship with Billy McKegue, and she gave birth to their son a little less than a year ago.

Despite the beginning of their family, the couple separated not long after their baby was born. In the process, they have not been able to agree on custody. Because there has been no agreement, neither parent has been allowed to leave the state with their child. It has been problematic for Azarenka because her profession requires travel. Azarenka apparently began playing tennis since the birth of her son but has had to miss four tournaments, including the U.S. Open.

As any couple that has been through a separation can attest, it is a sad and unsettling time. When children are involved, the separation does become more complicated and painful. Although both parents usually desire the whatever situation is in the best interest of the child, often there is not an agreement. New Jersey family law attorneys can assist parents through similar difficult child custody disputes and advocate for both the parent and the child.

Source: The Washington Post, "Victoria Azarenka to miss Fed Cup final against USA due to child custody battle", Marissa Payne, Nov. 8, 2017

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