As a North Oakland, Michigan divorce attorney, one of the most gratifying parts of practicing family law involves stepparent adoptions.
Seeing clients emerge from a divorce and find happiness again with another person is wonderful. But when that new mate wants to pursue a stepparent adoption and adopt the children from their new spouse's prior marriage, it's a beautiful thing to see.
As in all aspects of family law, the most important consideration in deciding anything that will impact the custody or support is determining what's in the best interest of the child—keeping their safety and security a top priority. And if adoptions are among the happier areas of a family law practice, domestic violence is the opposite end of the spectrum.
Domestic violence can be inflicted from spouse to spouse, or parent to child, and occurs in single households as well as married ones. It can also involve biological, adoptive, and foster parenting situations. In addition to the local police, a family law attorney can help victims obtain personal protective orders in an effort to get to safety.
Sadly, an adoptive mother of seven young children with a monetized You Tube channel has reportedly been arrested. She allegedly “forced the kids to perform and tortured them if they messed up on camera” according to authorities. Interestingly, the family reportedly stars in an upbeat YouTube series known as “Fantastic Adventures”, but according to authorities, the children's off-camera life did not resemble what was depicted on screen.
Allegations of child abuse include the following:
- “pepper-spraying their genitals,
- withholding food and water,
- locking them in a closet,
- restricting their bathroom use for days at a time and
- holding their heads underwater”
The woman and her two adult sons were reportedly criminally charged. An adult daughter reportedly tipped off the authorities.
If you or your children are the subjects of domestic violence, or you need assistance with any other family law matter, Cameron C. Goulding Family Law & Mediation can help you. (However, if you are in immediate danger, you should call the local police first.)
From our law office in Rochester, Michigan, we assist families in all aspects of family law throughout Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Livingston, Lapeer and Wayne Counties. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.