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Fantasia's ex is requesting child custody

Fantasia Barrino is in an intense custody battle with her ex who is also the father of her child. Many Alaska fans may remember Fantasia as being the winner of American Idol from one of its previous seasons. Her ex is reportedly asking for child custody of their 13-year-old daughter.

Fantasia and her child's father started off as high school sweethearts. After his physical abuse toward her, she left the relationship. During the relationship, the child's father reportedly committed domestic abuse in which he beat and choked the recording artist. Furthermore, he also pleaded guilty to domestic abuse. 

The child's father is requesting physical and legal custody of the child because he believes that he is the better parent. In response to his request, Fantasia stated that he has not been involved in their daughter's life and has not contributed financially either. However, the child's father is now working a steady job and, due to that, Fantasia is going after payments for back child support.

The emotional turmoil placed on children during child custody battles is usually heartbreaking. Oftentimes, judges believe that the most fitting situation is for children to have equal time with both parents. This is usually not the case, though, if one of the parents is proved to be unfit. Alaska parents who want to resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom can elect to speak with a family law mediator. Doing this can usually help to avoid the frustration of litigation while keeping both parents involved in their children's lives.

Source: News One, "Fantasia Barrino's Gets Sued For Custody By Daughter's Father", Ruth Manuel-Logan, Oct. 6, 2014

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