Paul Anka is well known for his songwriting prowess and smooth singing voice, but recently the 75-year-old celebrity has been in the news for a very sad, personal reason: fighting for the custody of his 11-year-old son. Colorado residents may have heard that Anka and his ex-wife, the child’s mother, had been battling over the boy’s custody and had not come to a resolution outside of court.

Recently, though, an American court determined that it would serve the child’s best interests to live with his father and for Anka to receive the exclusive custody of him. The child had expressed in prior court hearings that he did not like his mother and that he and his mother had not had contact for several years. It is unknown if the child’s mother will pursue any other avenues toward custody of the boy.

Prior posts on this Longmont family law blog have discussed the factors that courts can weigh in determining if and how a child should be in a parent’s custody. While in some cases the preferences of a child can be considered in determining custodial arrangements, courts must also look at the financial positions of the parents and their abilities to provide the child with the support and care they need to thrive as they develop toward adulthood.

With custody of his son Anka will now have the power to provide for his child in a loving and meaningful way. He will be able to be present for his child’s developmental milestones and to celebrate his accomplishments with him as they happen and not from afar. Parental custodial rights are significant in preserving the relationships between kids and their parents after divorces, and individuals who are struggling with their own child custody issues may wish to discuss their options with family law attorneys.

Source: foxnews.com, “Paul Anka wins custody of his 11-year-old son from Miss Sweden Anna Aberg,” Richard Johnson, July 3, 2017