MTV star leaves Florida with twins due to domestic violence

Many reality television shows depict the ongoing struggles parents face. These include child custody and visitation rights issues. The unfortunate reality for some of the young parents on this show is their disputes may be exasperated by allegations of domestic violence. Depending on the history and severity of the allegations, the amount of time parents spends with their children can be reduced or completely taken away.

MTV star and teen mom, Jennifer Del Rio, reportedly fled from Florida to Illinois with her twin boys after alleging that the boys' father is a threat to their safety. In legal documents filed, she requested sole physical custody citing that she is the primary caregiver and she feeds, bathes and grooms the twin boys. She further stated that because of a history of domestic violence, the current shared custody arrangement is not in the best interest of the children.

It is important for both parents to play an active role in the lives of their children and there is a presumption that it is in the best interest of the children for both parents to have as much contact as possible with them. However, under certain circumstances, such as physical and domestic violence, the presumption shifts and a parent may be completely denied visitation or granted only supervised visitations.

Relocation without the consent of the non-custodial parent in the absence of a custody arrangement can further complicate matters and the courts must decide whether or not the relocation is in the best interest of the children. 

Both parents are integral to the development and growth of their children. When possible a joint custody arrangement is in the best interest for all involved particularly the children. Parents may draft a mutually agreeable visitation schedule to include the non-custodial parent and when possible should strive for equal time-sharing.

Source: Huffington Post, "Jennifer Del Rio, '16 & Pregnant' Star, Allegedly Flees Florida To Escape Abusive Father of Twin Sons," Lee Hernandez, July 31, 2012

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