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Court issues temporary child custody order to celebrity mother

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Those going through separation or divorce in Illinois know that it can be an emotional and trying ordeal. Acting out of frustration, however, can make things even more difficult. Two estranged reality TV stars are finding this out during their own divorce proceedings after the wife accused her husband of choking one of their children.

The alleged incident resulted in a court issuing a temporary child custody order that puts all three of the couple's children in the sole care of their mother. In family law, a court may issue a temporary order that is effective until it has the opportunity sort out the facts. This helps protect the rights of the partners and their children in the short term where a final court decision on the issue may take more time to fashion.

According to court declarations submitted by the wife, her husband allegedly put his hand around the neck of one of the children to quiet the child down after he was causing a disturbance in the back seat.

According to subsequent reports, there will be no child visitation in the husband's near future because the court also issued a temporary restraining order against him. The restraining order requires the husband to stay 100 yards away from her and their children. It also prohibits him from having contact with the children.

In particularly difficult child custody disputes, temporary orders can protect children while the court sorts out what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the children.

Source: People, "Adrienne Maloof Gets Custody of Kids, Alleges Abuse by Paul Nassif," Raha Lewis and Tim Nudd, Sept. 20, 2012

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