How a Criminal Background Can Impact Child Custody

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A recent confession from a New York City politician could show how a person’s criminal history will impact a court’s decision during a divorce, including child custody. You may have heard of Anthony Weiner. Former New York congressman and New York City mayoral candidate, he also appeared on various political talk shows throughout the years on various cable news networks. He was also, until last week, married to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide that was part of the FBI probe by then-commissioner Comey following her admission of sharing potentially top secret emails with Weiner.

Last Friday he pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina. He will be sentenced to between 21 and 27 months and will be forced to file as a registered sex offender. He received the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons last year when images revealed inappropriate images shared while in the presence of his child.

With such a mountain of issues, top divorce lawyers are now saying that he would be lucky to even get supervised visitation rights. This should come as a helpful reminder to anyone on the verge of divorce with a spouse who has a criminal history. Such convictions, especially of violence or sexual misconduct could prove vital in the court of law.

When determining child custody, the court’s primary objective is to make certain that the best interests of the child are met. Clearly, allowing a child to stay with an admitted sexual offender is not in a child’s best interests. The courts will be fully aware of this, and will make their decisions accordingly.

Source: New York Daily News, “Anthony Weiner coming clean about sexting teen spells doom for child custody battle,” by Dale W. Eisenger, Nancy Dillon, Larry McShane, May 20, 2017

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John Schutz

John Schutz

Partner at John F. Schutz, P.L.

Representing clients exclusively in family law cases for the past 24 years, Mr. Schutz is widely regarded as a marital and family law expert. He is Board Certified in marital and family law by The Florida Bar. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Mr. Schutz is committed to elevating the standards and improving the practice of family law.

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