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U.S. Congressman involved in contentious child custody battle

Many New Jersey residents are familiar with how contentious custody battles can be. When one parent believes that the other is being unreasonable and may not be adequately caring for the children, he or she may request that the court award sole custody to him or her. This is the situation in which U.S. Representative Alan Grayson claims to be in, and he is now involved in a contentious child custody battle with his ex-wife.

The couple has five children, and four of them are between the ages of 10 and 16. Grayson is asking for both sole legal and physical custody of the children due to what he calls his wife's "bizarre, aggressive and inappropriate" behavior. He claims that even though she requested shared custody of the children, she routinely denies him the right to see them. He further claims that she is unwilling to discuss important matters regarding the children with him, such as their medical issues, education and other activities.

Grayson also believes that his ex-wife is abusive toward the children and is using child support money for her own expenses. He says she has also used her body to block his vehicle and even banged on it several times when he came to see the children. It will now be up to a Florida judge to determine what custody arrangements will be in the best interest of the children after considering all of the evidence presented.

Grayson's situation may seem familiar to some New Jersey residents. Those who work in the family law arena may agree that child custody issues result in some of the most heated disputes. In the end, the welfare and well-being of the children is the most important factor, and if the parents are unable to come to an agreement on their own, the courts can step in to resolve the matter.

Source: njherald.com, "US Rep. Alan Grayson wants kids to live with him", Mike Schneider, June 2, 2015

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