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Father fighting for child custody after daughter allegedly abused

Even when child custody orders exist that prevent a parent from seeing his or her children, most California parents remain concerned about the safety and well-being of their children. For a father in another state, the threat to the safety of his daughter was such that he acted against child custody court orders and removed his children from the home of their mother. The children were ultimately returned, but this act of defiance may be the reason the court will now not allow him to see his children.

According to the father, he witnessed his 4-year-old daughter being sexually abused by her 12-year-old half-brother in 2010. Since that time, he has been trying protect his daughter. He claims that his ongoing attempts to protect his daughter have drained him financially and that all he accomplished was to get the court to issue an order that prohibits the boy from being in the same house as the girl. Despite this court order, it is reported that the boy, now 17, regularly visits his mother's home while his half-sister is present.

The mother asserts that the girl is no longer in danger, and that her daughter has forgiven her half-brother for the alleged assault. The father believes that the boy, who has a different father and who underwent evaluation at a psychiatric facility and spent some years following the incident in group homes, remains a threat to the safety of his daughter and her twin brother. The couple's divorce, which is still pending, was filed in Feb. 2011. The mother currently has sole custody of the children, with no visitation rights for the father.

Parents in California who are fighting what they feel to be a losing battle to protect the safety of their children may find comfort in knowing that the help of legal professionals is available. Many divorcing couples choose to retain the services of such professionals to ensure that their rights are protected and to facilitate mediation. Communication and compromise may provide solutions to even the most contentious issues, while avoiding costly and stressful litigation. However, some child custody issues can only be resolved in court and, in such cases, experienced representation may be invaluable.

Source: Fox News, "Florida dad fights wife, courts to keep daughter from alleged abuser", Cristina Corbin, Nov. 24, 2014

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