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Neo-Nazi father loses custody bid in New Jersey

A New Jersey man recently left a courtroom in an unhappy state of mind having been denied custody of his youngest son earlier this month. Clad in his Nazi uniform with its swastika armband, the 40-year-old father claimed that the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services removed his son and other children because they were named after Nazis. 

According to news reports, the man’s children were removed from his home after the state investigated allegations of violence and abuse. While the child custody hearing involved the youngest child of this man, his other three children, who are between the ages of 5 and 7, also remain in foster care. 

Wearing a controversial lifestyle on your sleeve, as this New Jersey dad did, may not impress judges. Though the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services states that the children were not removed because of their Nazi-inspired names, few may imagine that the presiding judge would feel comfortable releasing children into the care of a person clad in Nazi regalia—medals included. 

Nonetheless, child custody decisions are based on several factors here in New Jersey. Courts generally attempt to determine the best interests of a child by considering whether parents can provide their children with food, shelter, clothing and medical care, in addition to a number of other things. Of course, when domestic violence is involved, it is clearly not in the best interests of a child to remain in such a parent’s care.

In any child custody case, parents should always put their best foot forward when going before a judge.


Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, “Custody denied to Nazi-naming dad,” July 12, 2013

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