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Ongoing counseling recommended in child custody case

Parents who are divorcing commonly find themselves involved in arguments and disagreements regarding the welfare of their children. Even after a court has made a decision regarding child custody, parents in New Orleans may still exhibit hostile and angry behavior towards the other parent. Ongoing legal action may be necessary in cases when the situation is especially adverse.

Many courts will try to protect the parent-child relationship, unless that relationship is dangerous or harmful. If the situation becomes dangerous, it is important to explore a modification of an existing custody agreement.

In one such case, famous actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, who have been involved in a bitter child custody case for years, are back in court. There have been serious allegations of battery charges and child endangerment made against Aubry.

Berry has recent attempted to have her ex-boyfriend's visitation rights stripped completely after the child's nanny accused him of pushing her into a door. The nanny was holding the child at the time, and she says Aubry put his daughter's life in danger.

A court ordered the father to participate in anger management classes. It was also recommended that both Berry and Aubry attend parenting classes together so that they can learn how to co-parent more effectively. At this time, it is reported that the Department of Children & Family Services has not recommended that any changes be made to the current custody agreement.

What remains to be seen is the effect that this bitter custody battle will have on the couple's three-year-old daughter. Protecting her welfare should be the top priority for the parents. The DCFS also recommended that the parents take their daughter to counseling in order to focus on her well-being.

There are many times when a divorced or separated couple can get preoccupied with their emotions towards each other. It is important to remember, however, that children in these situations can be greatly affected. Serious attention should be paid to the legal agreements drawn up regarding child custody.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry: Parenting Classes & Counseling Recommended In Custody Battle," Jan. 30, 2012

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