John Edwards was caught in a much publicized scandal, cheating on his wife and fathering a child with new age hippie Rielle Hunter. Rielle has given a few interviews, in GQ and on Oprah, in which she has stated her belief that her and John will be married someday. Elizabeth, apparently worried about just that scenario, is trying to keep Rielle far away from her kids Emma, 12, and Jack, 10, by leaving custody to her and John’s eldest Cate, 28.
Hard as it is to face the worst-case scenario, Elizabeth “has been grooming Cate to take over,” a source tells the New York Daily News. “She’s a smart and competent woman,”they continue, noting that, she graduated from Harvard Law School, has been clerking in federal court in Alexandria, Va, and owns a Georgetown row house.
Most custody experts don’t think this will fly in court. When the father is still alive, any choice for custody other them him is a difficult case.
Elizabeth and John are legally separated, but custody experts don’t think that leaving the kids to anyone other than John will stand legally. The father always has the paramount right to succeed to the custody of his natural children unless he is unfit. Although he showed poor judgement in cheating, which successfully killed his political career/marriage/public image, he hasn’t been charged with drugs or any criminal behavior.
I agree that I’d want my kids far away from the woman my husband cheated with if I wasn’t around, but children should always be with their natural parent if they are able. What do you think?