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Child custody matter focused on prostitution

A mother has regained custody of her two children after a lengthy appeals process. The case centered on the mother's decision to temporarily work as a prostitute in a state where prostitution is legal. When her former partner took issue with that decision, a nasty child custody case began, which many in Colorado have followed.

In court, the mother testified that she had in fact worked as a prostitute in a legal brothel. She told the court that she made that decision in order to pay down more than $30,000 in medical debt, and to make ends meet after her children's father fell more than $10,000 behind on his child support. She asserted that her children were never exposed to her line of work and were never placed in harm's way.

The court ruled that the father should be given primary custody. This was despite testimony that he had used cocaine while the children were in his care. On appeal, the higher court found that the child custody determination had more to do with the mother's employment than with what was in the best interests of the children involved. They reversed the decision, giving primary custody back to the mother.

While this case may have resulted in the reunification of a mother and her children, it also serves as a warning of the unpredictable nature of family courts. Whenever possible, parents should strive to reach a child custody agreement on their own, outside of court. Once the issue is in the hands of a judge, the outcome can be difficult to predict and even harder to live with, which is true in Colorado or elsewhere.

Source: timesfreepress.com, "Tennessee court gives former prostitute primary custody of her children", Nov. 1, 2016

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