Some child custody cases involve ambiguities that make the process difficult and complex; others, though, are more straightforward. This was the case after a recent event in Florida that involved a mother beating her son and killing his 1-month-old puppy.
The Huffington Post reports that the woman blames her temper for the violent outburst. According to reports, her 8-year-old son endured multiple bruises and welts on his body, and police believe the mother used a rope to beat him. Even worse, he was present when she killed the 1-month-old puppy.
The woman’s boyfriend alerted police to the incident after she threatened to beat him up, as well. He says the woman repeatedly slammed the young puppy into the ground until it died. Police arrested the woman for abusing her child and killing the dog.
Not surprisingly, the mother has lost custody of her son. He is currently under the care of the Department of Children and Families.
What Do Courts Consider During Child Custody Cases?
Although some parents lose custody of children due to neglect or abuse, most child custody cases take place during a divorce. When deciding which parent should get custody of the children, the courts will always base the decision on the child’s best interests.
In the state of Florida, the courts tend to follow the traditional route of awarding custody to mothers. According to the latest United States Census, fathers make up just 18.3 percent of all custodial parents. However, each case is different, and if you are fighting for custody of your child, the guidance of a family lawyer may prove invaluable.
If you are divorcing your spouse in Florida, contact a Fort Myers custody lawyer. At The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we specialize in child custody matters, and we can provide you with advice that could help you win custody of your children. Call us today at 866-949-0888 to schedule a free consultation.
Here is yet another story that demonstrates a quick way to lose custody of a child:
Mother Arrested on Child Neglect Charges After Leaving Infant in a Bar
The Sun Sentinel reports that police arrested a woman who left her young baby alone at a bar while she was dancing. Customers at the bar called police after they noticed the 1-year-old was unsupervised and alone. The child’s mother had left for an outside bar in the back of the establishment.
When the mother returned, customers requested that she assist the crying child, but instead, she spun around with him in her arms and fell down. The woman became angry when customers tried to assist, and at that stage, someone contacted the police for assistance. The child’s uncle now has custody, and the mother faces charges of disorderly conduct and child neglect.
If you are fighting a child custody battle, make sure you work with a respected Fort Myers child custody lawyer. The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. is ready to help. Call us today at 866-949-0888.