Louisiana  |  Family Law

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Asked on: 5/14/98, 3:46 pm

Child custody and physical abuse

A friend of mine just went through a divorce hearing in Hicks Louisiana. The judge, who was her husbands family lawyer for years, ruled that the divorce be granted on the grounds of physical abuse. He also stated in his ruling that there was evidence of the children being abuse by their father. He claimed that the abuse by the father was caused by the abuse to his wife and granted custody of the children to their father. She is now living with me in Canada and has been ordered to return the children to their father on July 4th, 1998. She is allowed to have the children for one month in the summer and for one week at Christmas. The judge claims he had to use some 12 step process to award custody. We had understood that in a case where there was physical abuse the children WOULD NOT be awarded to the abusive parent. Her lawyer is suppose to be filing an appeal. Is there anything else we can do so she does not have to return the children to her husband.

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