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Dr. Phil episode leads father to ask for child custody changes

When two parents split, in Colorado or elsewhere, one of their first priorities is determining how to divide parenting time and responsibility. It is not uncommon for one parent to retain the bulk of child custody rights, and for the other to have liberal visitation. This arrangement works for many families, but can lead to problems for others. An example is found in the case of a father who is asking for more input into his daughter's life after a controversial appearance on the Dr. Phil television show.

The man's 13-year-old daughter come on the show and displayed a marked lack of respect. Her performance became the subject of numerous online memes and video clips. As a result, the teen has gained a degree of dubious fame.

Her father is not appreciative of this turn of events, and feels that the girl's mother is exploiting their daughter for financial gain. As a result of the Dr. Phil appearance, the girl has secured an agent, producers and made multiple trips to Los Angeles. The father also claims that she has dropped out of school, stolen cars, stolen her mother's credit card and made many poor choices.

He feels that he should have a greater degree of responsibility when it comes to making decisions for his daughter. He has asked a court to modify the family's existing child custody agreement to allow him more say in his daughter's life. In cases such as this in Colorado and across the nation, the court will look closely at the events brought to light in the case, and determine if the existing custody arrangement is in line with the best interests of the child.

Source:, "Cash me outside: Teen's father files lawsuit to gain more rights", Liz Balmaseda, March 10, 2017

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