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Child custody questioned for quadriplegic woman

A Navy veteran who was paralyzed from the chest down is fighting a child custody battle with her ex-husband over her ability to care for their young son. At issue is whether the woman's disability makes her a poor choice for custody of the child, a position the mother disputes.

In a recent interview, the mother stated that one of the things her husband was arguing in the case was that her need for assistance with everyday tasks such as changing diapers made her custody of the child a bad idea. However, she does not agree with this argument.

The father was unsuccessful in having the child immediately placed into his custody. However, the mother is still facing a court battle unless the father drops his case. The recent hearing was only on an emergency petition to immediately remove the child and not on the ultimate resolution of the issue. This means that there could be more hearings on these issues that could change the temporary decision to allow the mother to keep her child.

Parents who are facing custody battles may be confused about where to turn for sound legal advice and help in getting or keeping custody of their children. A family law attorney can work with these parents to evaluate their cases and help them retain custody or right for custody of their children. When the future of children is in question, it is important to have the very best legal advice possible to protect them and to ensure that custody questions are decided in the best interests of the children.

Source: Huffington Post, "Quadriplegic Woman Has Child Taken Away Due To Disability," Nov. 30, 2012

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