STORK COMES TO THE JERSEY SHORE

Nicole “Snookie” Polizzi is six months pregnant according to the June 4, 2012 issue of “US”. She and the baby’s father, Jionni Lavalle, plan to marry after the baby is born. Should their marriage fail, can Jionni use Snookie’s checkered past against her in a custody proceeding? In Louisiana, the answer would be “probably”. Louisiana judges make custody decisions based on what is in the best interest of a child. A parent’s behavior, past and present, is relevant to the issue of who is the better person to care for a child. The older the bad behavior, the less likely it will hurt the parent who has turned over the new leaf.