Berks County, Pennsylvania, residents may have heard of Audrina Patridge from her time on the television show "Hills." On Oct. 6, she was awarded full custody of her 15-month-old daughter as well as the former couple's dog. The father is allowed to have visitation with the child, but she must be picked up at a police station due to a restraining order. Other conditions of the divorce include that Patridge must pay her former husband $35,000 for work done on a home that they used to share.
As a stipulation of the child custody ruling, the former couple must take part in a program called Talking Parents. The purpose of the program is to record their communications. Patridge reportedly filed for a temporary restraining order as well as protection against the child being abducted two days prior to filing for divorce. This was supposedly done because she was worried about how her former husband would react to the divorce filing.
A source said that he threatened to "come after" Patridge if she ever left the relationship. There is a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 2018 on a domestic abuse allegation. Patridge's former husband denied any accusations of abuse. The former couple was engaged in 2015 and had gotten married in November 2016.
Parents who are going through a child custody dispute may have many options to resolve them. In some cases, it may be necessary to negotiate when a child exchange may happen or how much access a parent is allowed to have with a child. If there are questions about abuse either toward the other parent or toward the child, it may play a role in whether a parent is granted custody or visitation rights. Those who have questions about a case may benefit from talking to legal counsel.