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Bitter child custody battle between Keshia Knight Pulliam and ex

When Ohio parents separate, there may be several battles when it comes to the division of assets, financial support and custodial care of the children. Child custody battles can be brutal on everyone, especially when the best interests of the children are not kept as the main focus. Keshia Knight Pulliam is fighting to maintain control of her daughter in a child custody war with her ex-husband.

Ms. Pulliam, also known to fans of The Cosby Show as the youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, and her ex, Ed Hartwell, were not even married a year when he filed for divorce. He maintained at the time that she was pregnant with a child that was not his. She claims he designed methods to get her to physically lose the baby while she was pregnant, and therefore she does not want him around their child. He is now seeking joint custody of the two-month-old girl.

Hartwell, a former linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, was married once before and has a son with his first wife, Lisa. Lisa has written a letter on his behalf, stating that he is an excellent father. She further states that she has no problem with leaving their son with him and knows he will be a good father to his daughter. He is also prepared to pay child support whether or not joint custody is granted.

Child custody arrangements are often spelled out in the divorce settlement. When the parents cannot come to a mutual agreement on the terms of custody, the court will determine which parent gets sole custody or if there should be joint custody between the two. The court's decisions are made according to the laws of the specific state. As each state differs and the laws can be confusing, the guidance from an Ohio attorney can help a parent determine the best option to follow.

Source:, "Keshia Knight Pulliam's Ex Is Ready to Fight Her for Their Daughter", John Justice, March 22, 2017

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