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Custody dispute in Scarlett Johansson's divorce

Texas movie lovers may be interested to learn that Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce on March 7. The couple had reportedly announced that they had split up in January even though they had only been married for less than two years.

Johansson reportedly asked for joint custody of their daughter, though she stated in the documents that she wanted the child to live primarily with her. According to Johansson's former husband's attorney, he had been the child's primary caretaker while Johansson was involved in her filming career. The attorney stated that the former husband intended to file a petition that would allow him to live with the child in his native France. However, he said that he would gladly give Johansson access to the child whenever she wanted.

The divorce documents also note that the former couple filed a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married. However, the agreement did not address any potential custody or child support issues regarding their toddler daughter. Johansson stated that she refused to talk about her divorce to the media, stating that her daughter would eventually be able to read the news about herself.

When two parents cannot agree on where a child will live after a divorce, the court may have to make decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. Usually, the court may grant both parents joint custody unless parents live too far away from each other or one parent has a history of abuse. If a parent has a history of being the primary caretaker for the child, the attorney may argue that it would be best to keep the child primarily with this parent, especially if the child has already been going to school or is involved in numerous extracurricular activities.

Source: ABC News, "Scarlett Johansson's divorce filing prompts custody battle", Patrick Mairs, 03/08/2017

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