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Judge fights for visitation rights to see his daughter

Friday, September 22, 2017

Many Texans may have seen images on YouTube recently of an Arkansas family law judge striking his older daughter with a belt. The man's child custody case has received national attention since the video of the beating drew more than 6 million views. At issue in the current child custody case is whether the father should be allowed certain visitation rights with his younger 10-year-old daughter.

The older daughter was 16-years-old when she herself shot the video, although she is now 23. The father does not seem to dispute the video, but instead says that it unfairly characterizes him. He has stated that the beating was to punish the daughter for illegally downloading music and video games, and that he is an otherwise fit parent.

The 51-year-old man and his wife divorced in 2007 after almost 22 years of marriage, and the wife claims that he subjected her and the family to physical and emotional abuse. In response to the video, a temporary restraining order was issued against the judge, prohibiting the man's visiting with his younger daughter without supervision. The current child custody case is being held to determine whether that restraining order should be made permanent.

In child custody cases, the laws and procedures are often quite complicated, and much depends on the facts and circumstances of a particular case. Here, the court will most likely weigh the arguments in favor of and against allowing the man to enjoy unsupervised visits with his 10-year-old daughter. Texans who are pursuing visitation rights or custody of their child would do well to carefully review the details of applicable law in order to present the strongest case possible in court.

Source: caller.com, "Custody ruling expected by Wednesday in Aransas County judge case," Mark Collette, Nov. 21, 2011

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