Illinois parents who are going through a custody dispute may be interested to learn that on Jan. 26, singer Robin Thicke lost custody of his 6-year-old son. Further, the judge also allowed a restraining order against him, preventing him from seeing or contacting both his son and the child's mother.
The dispute began in early January when the child's mother claimed that he excessively spanked the child. School staff gave their statements to the court, stating that the child told them that his father hit him "hard" and that he did not want to see him.
Both parents had initially asked for sole physical custody of the child, though Thicke's request was denied. According to Thicke's attorney, the Department of Children and Family Services had investigated him and told him that they were dropping the case as the claims made by the child's mother were unfounded. In the meantime, the attorney stated that the ex-wife was under investigation due to claims of emotional abuse for alienating the child from Thicke.
Generally, courts assume that it is in the best interest of the child for both parents to be involved in the child's life. However, there are some exceptions. A judge may revoke a parent's visitation rights if there is evidence of abuse or if the parent cannot provide proper care for the child. If a parent believes that the other parent is abusive or unable to care for the child, a family law attorney may assistwith seeking a modification to the custody order. The attorney may assist with gathering evidence that backs up the parent's claim, including statements from school officials or medical records.
Source: Radar Online, "Court Bombshell: Robin Thicke Loses Custody Of Son", Jan. 26, 2017