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Father asks for child custody modification after TV appearance

When Massachusetts parents go their separate ways, there is usually an agreement in place that outlines the division of parenting time and responsibilities. That agreement often gives one parent the bulk of time with the shared child, as well as the right to make most of the decisions that will pertain to the child's life. In some cases, however, the other parent will come to believe that a change is called for, and ask the court for a child custody modification.

One such case is making headlines across the nation. After a 13-year-old girl was featured on an episode of the talk show Dr. Phil, her performance was made into a multitude of different memes and music videos. The girl was incredibly disrespectful during the show, and her ride behavior and indifference has led to a degree of notoriety. Her father feels that this is not an appropriate outcome for his young daughter.

He claims that her mother is exploiting the girl for financial gain. She has found an agent, producers and has traveled to Los Angeles on numerous occasions. It is unclear what the mother intends for her daughter, but it appears that there may be an effort underway to cash in on the girl's 15 minutes of fame.

Her father is asking the court to modify the existing child custody order to allow him more say in the life of his daughter. He asserts that the teen has been allowed to drop out of school, and is behaving in ways that are unacceptable, including stealing cars and misusing her mother's credit card. As the case moves forward, many Massachusetts families will watch to see how the court handles this unusual case.

Source: palmbeachpost.com, "Cash me outside: Teen's father files lawsuit to gain more rights", Liz Balmaseda, March 10, 2017

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