Hip hop fans in California and throughout the nation might be keeping updated on an embittered child custody battle between Robin Thicke and his former wife, Paula Patton. Their son Julian's safety and well-being is at the heart of the allegations. His mother filed a request in a family law court asking that a restraining order be issued against her former husband. A judge has since granted her request, at least temporarily.
Thicke and Patton had reportedly been together more than 20 years before their divorce. In the recent past, their co-parenting situation began to unravel when Patton made allegations against Thicke, claiming that he is an unfit father and a danger to their child. These allegations, she says, stem from her own experience of being physically abused by Thicke. She alleges her son has grown fearful of his father, and she believes Thicke is capable of harming his son because -- according to her -- he has a volatile temper and abuses drugs and alcohol.
The restraining order prohibits Thicke from coming within 100 feet of Patton, his own son or his former mother-in-law. Thicke has adamantly denied all accusations against him, saying Patton is just trying to get even with him for not inviting her to his father's burial services. Thicke's father, former actor Alan Thicke, died unexpectedly in Dec. 2016.
The next court date in this family law proceeding is set for Feb. 24, and it remains to be seen if the court will extend its restraining order. Currently, it is set to expire at that time. When accusations of substance and/or physical abuse are made, the courts face a difficult task in determining their validity. Any California parent facing similar issues may seek immediate assistance from an experienced attorney.
Source: ijr.com, "Alan Thicke's Son Just Got Tragic News in Custody Battle Over His Own Child", Reid Mene, Accessed on Feb. 1, 2017