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Father with deformed hands is fighting to obtain child custody

California parents may empathize with a man in another state who feels helpless in his fight for custody of his daughter. After a house-fire when he was a toddler, his severe burn injuries left him with permanent scars and deformed hands with missing fingers. He asserts that he was told that he would not be able to get child custody due to his disability.

However, because he has lived with the consequences of the fire since childhood, he does not regard it as a disability, but rather a deformity. He has learned to do almost anything other dads are able to do. He says that he can clean, cook, tie shoelaces and even drive a car. His marriage ended two years ago, but until then he took regular care of his daughter. The child was removed from his former wife's care some months ago and is now with foster parents.

A Department of Human Services spokesperson said that each custody case is handled on merit, and his disability should have no bearing on whether he gets child custody. While the department will likely be asked to assess a parent's fitness to care for the child, making suggestions and recommendations, a judge will ultimately make the final decision. The father is now awaiting an upcoming court date.

Parents in California who are desperate to remain part of their children's lives may benefit from the assistance of an experienced legal professional to protect their rights in their quest to obtain child custody. After assessing the case, counsel will typically explain applicable legal rights and the proceedings that will follow. A successfully presented case in the family court is generally decided based upon the best interests of the child and focuses on maintaining an ongoing loving parent-child relationship when appropriate to the circumstances.

Source:, ""Disabled" Man Fighting for Custody of Daughter", Oct. 22, 2014

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