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Reality star seeking custody of 11-year-old daughter

Massachusetts residents may be interested to know that former reality star Jon Gosselin is reportedly seeking custody of his 11-year-old daughter. This comes after the child complained that her mother, Kate Gosselin, was mistreating her. Despite the lack of a relationship between the two parents, it is possible that a judge would allow the daughter to live with her father. However, once a parent has been awarded custody of a child, custody rights may only be modified in most cases based on a change in circumstance.

In seeking a modification, the parent generally has to prove that such a change has taken place. Those who have followed this specific case say that there is little chance of a court altering its original decision for one child. This is because courts do not like to separate children from their siblings and want to maintain the family unit whenever possible. In most cases, the stated preference of the child is only taken into account if the child is of an age to be able to rationally express it.

It must also be proven that a parent is in fact acting in a cruel manner or in a manner that is not in the best interest of the child. In this particular case, all of the children could be taken from their mother if allegations of cruelty toward the 11-year-old daughter are proven to be true.

Parents who wish to modify a child custody agreement may wish to talk to an attorney. Although the parents may agree to changes in the agreement, it must ultimately be approved by a judge. An attorney may be able to help a parent establish that he or she can provide a stable home and that a change in the arrangement is in the best interest of the child.

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