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Robin Thicke loses custody of son over spanking allegations

Texas residents may have heard about the custody battle that is going on between 'Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke and his ex-partner Paula Patton. The estranged couple has been fighting over custody of their 6-year-old son. On Jan. 26, a judge dismissed Thicke's petition for temporary sole custody and issued a restraining order that will prevent Thicke from going near his son, Patton or Patton's mother.

Patton filed for the restraining order after learning that her son had told his teacher that his dad hit him. On Jan. 13, Patton told a judge that she was concerned about Thicke's drug and alcohol problem, and she thought that he should not be around his son. Thicke has claimed that he only uses age-appropriate punishments, and Patton had previously agreed that spanking was acceptable.

In a previous court ruling, a judge had denied Patton's request for a modified child custody order that would only allow Thicke to have supervised visitation. However, the most recent court ruling resulted in Thicke losing his custody rights. A lawyer for Thicke claims that the Department of Children and Family Services is dropping its investigation of Thicke because Patton's allegations are unfounded. Thicke also claims that Patton is being investigated by the DCFS for emotional abuse.

Child custody disputes can become very complicated when parents start to accuse each other of emotional or physical abuse. A parent who is at risk for losing their child custody rights may want to have representation from an attorney. An attorney may be able to dispute false allegations from the other parent and block the other parent's attempts to modify the custody order.

Source: Radar Online, "Court Bombshell: Robin Thicke Loses Custody Of Son," Jan. 26, 2017

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