With Mel Gibson’s history as a loving devoted father, his determination to see Baby Lucia regularly, and his having a restraining order issued to protect the baby from Oksana’s alleged body guard-lover — these give him a three point advantage in seeking custody. (Because of the linking issue and new news about Oksana, please read “4 reasons Mel Gibson may win custody of Baby Lucia” in today’s Examiner.)
As it was announced this week, Gibson’s lawyers are poised to file for sole custody on Monday.Mel Gibson seeking custody of Baby Lucia; Oksana defies judge
Since Oksana has proven to be a volatile woman with questionable credibility, in determining the best interest of the child here are the 3 factors which could well sway the courts to give full custody to Mel Gibson. Most links are from my previous articles, which indicate that as a father, he has not wavered in his commitment.
Reason One: History of devotion to his children
He is receiving full support of his children and family. Judge Gordon Scott was moved by the testimony, which Robyn Gibson offered voluntarily regarding Gibson’s character.
Gibson regularly speaks to his soon-to-be-ex wife, Robyn, with whom he has seven children from their nearly 30-year marriage. “They are continuing to raise their kids together,” a source says of the former couple, who split in April 2009. Mel Gibson’s Family Stands by Him During Oksana Drama
For the full story, read my earlier article: Why ‘domestic violence’ judge believed Robyn Gibson, Mel’s ex-wife
ReasonTwo: Continued visitation
Mel Gibson insisted on continued visitation rights to see his daughter and went to court for the right to do so. The judge in the case was swayed by the testimony of his wife Robyn.
Since the judge in the case of Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva once specialized in domestic violence, his years of experience came into play with his decision to allow Mel Gibson continued visitation rights to see his daughter. Mel Gibson keeps visitation with daughter, Lucia, in spite of protests by Oksana Grigorieva
Reason Three: A restraining order sought and won against Oksana’s alleged body-guard
In another twist to the Mel Gibson-Oksana Grigorieva case, it seems that Oksana was employing a body-guard allegedly turned lover, who was a convicted felon. Gibson moved swiftly to keep him away from the baby and the judge agreed. Mel Gibson protects baby; Oksana’s bodyguard ordered to stay away …
In general what will play a big role in the Judge’s decision is his expertise in domestic violence. Under oath Gibson testified that he did indeed slap Oksana — who has accused him of domestic violence — but he said it was to stop her from tossing the baby around like a ragdoll during an argument. Mel Gibson, with ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ concern, slaps Oksana …
Put all of this together with Gibson’s testimony on the stand in which he talked of his love for and need to protect his baby and you have a pretty strong case in which Gibson is looking like the custodial parent.
The family factor
Perhaps what the Judge is also hearing is that the Gibson family loves Baby Lucia. Despite Gibson’s betrayal of his wife of nearly 30 years, the couple has maintained a stable family relationship.
For all of his apparent faults, Mel Gibson does seem to be a man who loves his children and can be counted upon to generously support them both emotionally and financially. With regard to the child support update — Gibson was not a deadbeat dad, and although ordered to pay back $60,000, it was an additional payout for which he held off pending a court ruling due to the convoluted nature of the court battle. Mel Gibson talks as a loving dad about Baby Lucia to the Judge
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