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New Jersey judge says Pink concert didn't lead to bad parenting

Parenting styles are often a source of contention in child custody cases. A recent case in New Jersey shows just how different some parenting styles are. This cases is one that had a few interesting points.

The father of an 11-year-old girl petitioned the court after learning the child's mother had taken her to a Pink concert. The father asked the court to declare that the mother of his child abused her right as a parent to make decisions for the girl. That petition resulted in a 37-page ruling from the judge. The judge noted that while Pink does have some suggestive elements to her music, her music isn't necessarily inappropriate for preteens.

Ultimately, the judge ruled that the mother had the right to take the child to the concert. He noted that he spoke to the child and heard the mother's reason for taking the child. He said that the mother's decision didn't harm the girl and that the mother didn't abuse her parental decision making.

In his ruling, this family court judge gave examples of Pink song lyrics that have positive messages. He also gave a short history on rock-n-roll. Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Gone with the Wind were also mentioned.

Parenting after a divorce is difficult. Parents who don't see eye to eye might end up in court so a judge can make a ruling; however, other methods might be useful for compromising between the parents. Of course, as this judge noted, differences in parenting styles aren't handled in court unless the child's welfare, health or safety are unreasonably compromised.

Source: NJ.com, "Pink concert didn't harm N.J. girl, judge says," MaryAnn Spoto, April. 24, 2015

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