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Child custody: Custody hearing for Tyrese Gibson's daugther

When relationships end and children are involved, most parents in New Jersey would hope that peaceful co-parenting can occur. When parents are not able to set aside differences regarding the best interests of the child, following a separation, legal intervention is most often needed. Famous actor Tyrese Gibson is in a heated child custody dispute that is complicated by child abuse accusations by his 10-year-old daughter.

The "Fate of the Furious" actor is accused by his ex-wife of repeatedly beating his daughter. She claims the multiple blows he allegedly gave to his daughter prevented her from being able to sit for some time. Currently, he has a temporary restraining order to stay away from his daughter, and his state's Department of Children and Family Services has an open investigation against him.

The actor's ex-wife is not only seeking full legal and physical custody of her daughter but also a permanent restraining order. In addition to child abuse allegations, the ex-wife fears that the actor may attempt to flee the country with her daughter if granted any custody. Her legal team has claimed that the actor has been trying to shower his daughter with gifts prior to the court hearing, in which the child is expected to testify against her father. His gifts prior to the hearing allegedly included a plane flown over her school with a personal message, flowers, teddy bears and a fruit arrangement.

It is not easy when couples must resort to the court system to intervene between disputes. It is unfortunate when child custody is recommended not to be shared between parents, but this may be necessary in some instances. New Jersey family law attorneys strive to advocate in all cases in the best interest of the child and/or children involved. Families who have experienced similar disagreements following a separation or a divorce could benefit from similar advice from an attorney.

Source: pagesix.com, "Tyrese Gibson's daughter 'mortified' by plane display before court date", Jaclyn Hendricks, Oct. 24, 2017

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