Alleged Orange County molester may lose his child custody
Courts must uphold the law, justly and fairly. They must always consider the best interests of the child when ruling on a child custody dispute. Courts in Orange County, California are no different and must make sure to determine that both parents provide a healthy environment and secure the child’s well-being.
However, a certain incident in Orange County may tarnish the integrity of the state’s child custody system. Authorities are investigating accusations of a father molesting his daughter. It was reported that police have separated the child from her alleged abuser’s care twice. However, it was unknown as to why the child was returned to the custody of her father.
This case and other similar cases have prompted some parents to form a group and to work together to change the system. The group alleges that, sometimes, when a parent reports abuse by the other parent, the reporting parent loses custody or is subjected to reduced custodial rights.
If true, the reports raise serious concerns about the state of the child protection system in Orange County. These stories appear to be in direct contradiction to the law and public expectations for child custody and welfare.
Usually, a court determines what is in the best interests of the child. There are many factors to consider, including parental mental health, whether there has been abuse and, of course, which parent may provide a stable home. Whenever possible, the court seeks to include both parents in a child’s life. Also, a parent could lose custody if the court determines that he or she committed abuse or poses a threat to the child’s well-being. Parents needing help with a child custody dispute may seek assistance from a qualified legal professional who can navigate the complexities of custody while keeping the best interests of the child in mind.
Source: Myfoxla.com, “Custody Fight: Allegations of Molestation,” Gina Silva, Feb. 28, 2013