Paula Patton and Robin Thicke Attend Family Therapy With Son Julian Amid Custody Battle
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Paula Patton and Robin Thicke seem to be trying to put their recent drama behind them. After their ongoing custody battle over their 6-year-old son, Julian, took a nasty turn earlier this month, the former couple recently attended family therapy together, People confirms. "While Julian has remained in his mother's care, both parties are working with a therapist who is advising on Julian's best interest," a source told the magazine. "The family attended their first joint therapy session this weekend. Ms. Patton will continue to do what is right for her son." Another source added, "Robin wants to keep Julian's best interests at heart."
In early January, it was revealed that the "Blurred Lines" singer is being investigated for alleged child abuse by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Julian reportedly told school officials that his father "spanked him more than once," leading to them getting the DCFS involved on Jan. 3.
This reportedly resulted in the Warcraft actress barring Robin access to their son and filing an emergency order with a judge to limit his time with Julian to supervised visits during the day only. The Grammy nominee maintains that the only thing that happened was a "light spanking," according to the court documents. "On a very rare occasion and only as a last resort, I will use light spanking, but it is consistent with the law -- open hand on the butt," he said. Robin then goes on to claim the entire incident is rooted in Paula's anger at not being invited to the funeral of Robin's late father, Alan Thicke, in December. "It is my belief that Paula holds residual anger towards me because I and my family would not permit her or her family to attend the funeral of my father on December 20, 2016," he alleged. "Paula did not have a positive relationship with my father. . . . As such, she was not welcome at his funeral. It is my belief that Paula only wanted to attend because it would have resulted in additional public exposure for her." After the Growing Pains star passed, Paula shared a moving message about him on Instagram.
A source told Us Weekly that a "judge denied everything in [Patton's] complaint" and that "Child Protective Services didn't see any evidence of wrongdoing." Things got even worse on Friday when police were called to Paula's home in Calabasas, CA. A rep for the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station told Us Weekly, "All I can say is that basically we had a call to respond for a civil matter. No action was taken on our part, no report was written. It was completely civil." According to TMZ, Robin called police because Paula reportedly violated their custody order by refusing to release their son to him. Authorities then spoke to Julian, who was allegedly scared to leave with his dad, and Robin ended up leaving alone.
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