HGTV start Nicole Curtis is a familiar face in many Minnesota households. Her home renovation show is a popular go-to for those looking for do-it-yourself tips to update and beautify their homes. Curtis has been making headlines for more personal reasons nowadays, however, including child custody litigation involving her ex, Shane Maguire.
Allegations of unfit parenting must be resolved
Curtis and Maguire were never married, and they have a 1-year-old son. The two have been in and out of court regarding numerous custody-related issues. At one point, Curtis told the court she believes Maguire had placed her son’s safety at risk. She says Maguire took the toddler outdoors in 29-degree weather with no coat, hat or other clothing besides a blanket. She also claimed that Maguire traveled with the child in a motor vehicle without a proper seat restraint.
Curtis has asked the court to seal her case
Maguire denies the allegations. He also said that Curtis’ request to have the case sealed was nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to garner ratings for her TV show. Maguire told the court that Curtis herself publicized her entire pregnancy, which shows that she had no desire to keep her personal life private. Maguire also says there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that he has ever placed his son’s safety at risk.
Support is available for Minnesota parents
When Minnesota parents encounter child custody challenges where one parent is accusing the other of being unfit, it is common for the court to order an investigation of the allegations. Whether a parent is the one making an allegation or refuting it, either issue may be easier to resolve by enlisting support from an experienced family law attorney who can advocate on a parent’s behalf in court. Such representation is often the key to protecting a parent’s rights and ensuring that a child’s best interests are the central focus of all proceedings.