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An unusual child custody case has made headlines in Arizona and across the nation. After more than seven years of contention over child custody, a set of parents recently stood before a family law judge. The outcome of that hearing was not only disappointing to one parent, but could also have a lasting negative impact on the child.

The child at the center of the matter shows signs of being a golf prodigy. At just 10 years old, she has already made a name for herself in the world of pro golf, winning 11 out of the last 12 tournaments in which she has played. She trains with a former LPGA pro, and experts in the world of golf believe that she has what it takes to earn a full scholarship to college and even play professionally.

However, the judge in the child custody case issued a ruling that forbids the girl from playing in tournaments over the next 12 months. She is further limited to playing just one round of golf per week, and cannot train with any golf pro other than her father. That, experts say, could seriously derail her trajectory and could be a difficult break from which to recover.

There is no word on why the family law judge made this unusual ruling, or what role the girl's mother played in that decision. The father plans to appeal, but by the time that case makes its way through the appellate process, the year-long ban could already be over. The case is interesting in that the judge seems to have placed restrictions on the path that both the father and daughter have chosen. However, the matter serves as a powerful reminder to parents in Arizona and elsewhere of the risks of taking matters before a court of law. The outcome could be far more restrictive than what the parents might have worked out on their own.

Source: ABC News, "10-Year-Old Golf Prodigy Ordered to Stop Playing Tournaments Amid Parents' Custody Battle", July 5, 2016

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