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Judge denies request to modify Robin Thicke's child custody

Californians who have children and are going through the marriage dissolution process can find divorce especially difficult. The mere fact that the couple is breaking up can wreak emotional havoc on a child, and matters can only get worse when a heated custody dispute ensues. For parents, the process can be emotionally damaging, too. A parent who used to see his or her child every day may be reduced to periodic visitation, which could dampen the relationship between the child and that parent.

Even once a divorce is finalized child custody issues can linger. To see an example one need look no further than pop music singer Robin Thicke. Thicke, who divorced from his wife, Paula Patton, in 2014, has been accused of abusing his son, doing drugs, and drinking around his child. Patton, who shares custody with Thicke, recently attempted to modify the child custody arrangement, claiming that the child was in significant danger while in Thicke's care.

The court found otherwise. Although the matter arose after the child reported to a school official that his father spanks him, and Thicke admitted as much, the court didn't find any evidence indicating that the child was in danger while in Thicke's care. Therefore, the court ruled that the current child custody arrangement should remain in place.

Child custody modification can be a serious issue. Whether an individual thinks his or her child is in harm's while with their other parent or if a parent thinks that he or she deserves more time with his or her child, modification can be a justified, yet heated, battle. Before addressing this issue it is imperative that parents know how to convincingly present their stance to a judge, which means showing why it supports the best interests of the child.

Source: ABC 13, "Judge Denies Paula Patton Request to Limit Robin Thicke's Child Custody," Jan. 13, 2017

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