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Weiner's guilty plea may harm his bid for child custody

It seems as though former congressman Anthony Weiner can't catch a break. After his public disgrace when the press revealed that he had carried on cyber affairs with several women, he was then accused of texting lewd messages to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner's wife, U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton aid Huma Abedin, has filed for divorce months after her husband's scandal broke. Many in Michigan may be wondering how Weiner's actions will affect his chances for child custody.

Recently, a tearful 52-year-old Weiner confessed in criminal court to his role in the cybersex relationship with the high school student. Within hours, his wife of six years filed for divorce. Family law advocates say that, while his confession may have allowed him to plead for a reduced term in federal prison, it may have damaged his chances for custody rights for the couple's 5-year-old son.

Since Abedin filed papers for a contested divorce, it is possible that the disgraced politician will face even more public scrutiny during divorce litigation. To avoid this, the couple is being encouraged to handle the matter quickly and quietly. Weiner, as a convicted sex offender, may have trouble winning favor with a family court charged to determine the best interests of the child.

Although few in Michigan will face the humiliation and public outrage that Weiner and Abedin have faced, there are still many who encounter child custody issues. For example, a parent whose spouse has questionable moral character, addiction issues or a history of violence may seek to limit the amount of time that parent spends with the children. When dealing with complicated custody situations, parents find it helpful to consult an experienced attorney for advice and guidance.

Source: New York Daily News, "Weiner coming clean about sexting will hurt child custody chances", Dale Eisinger, May 20, 2017

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