Custody Battles That Turn Violent

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Jan 07, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whether you have been through a custody dispute or seen the movies, we all know that family legal matters can get emotional. In rare cases, a divorce or custody case can turn violent or deadly. In a tragic case this month, a father involved in a custody dispute threw himself and his 3-year-old son off of a roof in New York City. According to reports, both the child and his father lost their lives after falling from the 52-story apartment building.


Child custody cases can be tragic and overwhelming. While this case involves mental illness and extreme circumstances, it demonstrates the painful reality that many couples face during the divorce process. OurBirmingham child custody attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who are facing divorce. We will take the time to explore the facts of your case and identify key legal issues involving division of property, child support, child custody and your legal rights. We are dedicated to our clients and in raising awareness about domestic violence in divorce and custody cases.

The tragedy made national headlines after the police responded to 911 calls when two bodies fell from a Manhattan rooftop earlier this month. According to reports, the officers found a 35-year-old man and his son on the lower rooftops of nearby buildings. The man was pronounced dead on the scene and his son was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Officials who investigated the case discovered that the mother had custody of the child and had warned the courts that the father should not have unsupervised visit. The father did have visitation rights, but was supposed to return the child to the mother at a police precinct later in the afternoon. Police indicated that the father did not live in the building where he threw himself and his son to their deaths.

Custody rights can stir deep emotions and unpredictable behaviors from both parents. When one parent has mental illness this can also put a child in danger. If you are going through a custody dispute and fear that your child is endangered when alone with your spouse, you can get a court order for supervised visits. An experienced advocate can present evidence on your behalf to protect the best interests of your child. Unfortunately, in this case, the courts did not properly intervene and the unsupervised visit with the mentally father resulted in the death of a child.

Domestic violence during divorce is a common issue. Spouses and children can be put at risk if one parent has violent tendencies, a substance abuse problem, or a history of domestic violence. It is possible to get a restraining order and to ensure that your child is not left alone with a dangerous parent. The couple in this case reportedly had issues involving violence; however no one anticipated that the case would result in a murder-suicide. If you are in a domestic violence situation, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate as soon as possible to protect your legal rights and the safety of your family.

If you are seeking a divorce in Birmingham, contact Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.

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Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


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