Illinois residents who follow celebrity news may be interested in learning that crooner Robin Thicke and his ex-wife Paula Patton were back in court over a custody dispute on Jan. 12. The return to court was prompted by a report filed by their 6-year-old son's school after he claimed that his father had hit him.
Thicke's ex-wife filed the motion seeking an emergency order of custody. In the motion, she claimed that she was concerned that the child was not safe as the son stated that Thicke had hit him. The statement said that the 6-year-old claimed that Thicke had struck him very hard. An affidavit from a school official, which was also submitted, said that the child had reported that Thicke had punched him.
Thicke responded to the claims with his own affidavit, which stated that he played an active role in his child's life and wanted to maintain their joint-custody agreement. He also claimed that his ex-wife had not allowed him to see his son following the incident.
When the court has to make decisions during a custody dispute, they usually make their decisions based on the best interest of the child. If a parent has evidence to believe that his or her child is at risk when with the other parent, a family law attorney may assist with filing a motion to seek immediate emergency temporary custody. A lawyer may assist with getting all of the evidence together, including affidavits from school officials or other mandatory reporters. If the accusations are found to be truthful, the attorney may help the parent seek permanent legal and physical custody.