As reported by the New York Post, Lamar Odom and the mother of his two children, Liza Morales, are in the middle of a custody battle.  These parents are fighting over possession schedules, child support and whether the children can be permitted to be shown on each parent’s respective reality TV shows.  Lamar Odom, the husband of Khloe Kardashian, appears on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and Liza Morales has appeared on three episodes of Starter Wives Confidential.”

The custody dispute began in 2011 when Lamar Odom filed suit for a modification of the possession schedule with his children as well as modifying his child support obligation.  Liza Morales and their two children live in New York City and Lamar Odom resides in Los Angeles. 

If this case were to have been filed in Texas, Lamar would have the legal burden of showing that there had been a material and substantial change in circumstances since the prior Court order to be entitled to seek a modification of child support and the possession schedule.  Since he filed his lawsuit, Lamar Odom has married Khloe Kardashian, appeared in his own reality TV show, and signed a lucrative deal with the LA Clippers.  It is reported that Lamar Odom wants to have his children shown on his reality TV show and Liza Morales is not in agreement.  In Texas, Lamar Odom would have the burden of showing that the children’s appearance on reality TV is in their “best interest.”

One must wonder how seriously Lamar Odom is taking these custody proceedings.  In Touch Weekly published pictures of Lamar Odom sleeping outside of the courtroom on March 6, 2013 during a custody hearing.  I can almost guarantee that the Judge of his case found out about this incident as not only were pictures published nationwide of Lamar’s napping in the hallway of the courthouse, but an officer of the court had to awaken Mr. Odom to make sure he was ok.

 

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes…

Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

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