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Mother loses child custody case over prostitution

When two Maryland parents are unable to come to terms over how to share custody of their children, the matter can end up going before a family court judge. Once a child custody case reaches the court, both parents can quickly lose control, and things can change in a very short period of time. An example is found in a case in which a mother lost custody of her two children, only to gain them back in appeals.

At issue in the case is the fact that the mother had briefly worked as a prostitute. She was employed by a brothel in a state where prostitution is legal, and her children were never exposed to her line of work. However, when her former partner found out about her source of income, he took the matter to court. The mother testified that she was only working in the sex industry to pay off more than $30,000 in medical debt, and to make ends meet after the father fell more than $10,000 behind on his child support.

The court was unsympathetic to her circumstances, however, and ruled that the children should be placed in the primary care of their father. On appeal, the higher court ruled that the decision seemed to be based more on the mother's line of work than on any real threat to the best interests of the child. The mother was able to regain custody and to bring her children back home.

As this case illustrates, child custody matters can be unpredictable and tumultuous for all parties. In this example, two children were moved from one home to the other, then back again. While they may not have been aware of the full details of the custody battle, they were certainly aware that their parents were at odds with one another. As with so many custody cases in Maryland and across the nation, everyone involved might have had an easier time if the parties had been able to work out an agreement on their own, outside of family court.

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

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