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Reality TV child custody case making new headlines

Divorce can be a challenge, no matter how badly the split is sought or how prepared the spouses feel to move forward. When you factor in issues of child custody, the situation can quickly become very contentious and bitter. Fortunately for most California parents, their personal dramas will remain within the domain of their close friends and family. However, one California divorce and child custody battle is making almost daily headlines and allowing the public insight into a marriage made famous by reality TV.

Many Californians are familiar with the hit television show 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' The show gives viewers a look into the daily dramas of a group of wealthy wives, although the "reality" aspect of the show can certainly be called into question. What cannot be denied, however, is the very real and very bitter divorce between Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif, who are one of the couples from the show.

Recently, Maloof won temporary custody of the couple's three young sons after telling a judge that she and the boys live in fear of Nassif's short temper and anger control issues. She asserted that she and the children were the victims of multiple acts of violence at the hands of Nassif. As for his side in the dispute, Nassif's attorney stated that the claims against him are false, and nothing more than an attempt on the part of Maloof to strengthen her position in the divorce and custody proceedings.

While most California divorces will not exhibit this level of acrimony or tension, many are surprised at just how ugly a child custody dispute can be. While it is always preferable to work out a custody arrangement between parents, this is not always possible. However, approaching the courts to determine these issues necessitates a thorough knowledge of family law, as well as a carefully constructed case. Moving forward without these elements can lead to a custody determination that is not favorable, nor in the best interests of the child or children involved.

Source: New York Daily News, "Maloof wins temporary custody of sons in ugly divorce case," Nancy Dillon, Sept. 20, 2012

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