FACT 1 Chris has never been accused of doing anything wrong
Nobody accused Chris of being a bad father. In fact, all parties in the case openly acknowledge that Chris is a good father.
The court found that Chris is an entirely fit parent who has raised Ann well, but still ruled that Chris had to share custody of Ann with an unrelated man who wanted her.
FACT 2 Chris is a fit parent and a good father
Chris raised Ann with love and attention. Ann lived approximately half the time with him and half the time with her biological mother after they were separated.
Ann’s mom died in a tragic car accident in 2018. Initially, her maternal grandparents sued Chris for partial custody of Ann. However, the court of appeals dismissed the grandparents on the grounds that Chris was a fit parent who had the right to raise his own daughter. Even so, Ann still visits her grandparents regularly.
FACT 3 The fiancé was allowed to share custody of Chris’ daughter even though he is not related to her and barely knows her
While the court of appeals agreed that Chris should be allowed to raise Ann instead of his in-laws, the trial court still decided Chris should share custody with an unrelated man.
Ann’s mom had been living with her boyfriend and was engaged 3 months before her death. Ann had lived with him off and on for no more than 6 months while they dated, since her biological parents shared custody.
When Chris sought to dismiss the maternal grandparents from the lawsuit, the boyfriend-turned-fiancé of Ann’s deceased mother’s also sued for custody. The trial court then granted the unrelated man partial custody of 5-year-old Ann.
Ann was only 3 years old when she last lived with the boyfriend then-fiancé. She has lived with her dad ever since. Now Ann is 5. She barely knows this man.