Child Pageants Force Family Into Divorce Court

A bitter custody battle follows accusation a girl was exploited.
3:00 | 08/20/12

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pagea pageants, the little girls dressed in high-heels and tight dresses, they have prompted debate for years. But tonight, one gorsed father has taken the case to court, asking his judge to rescue his daughter from what he considers a form of child abuse. Abc's linsey davis has the story. Reporter: Maddie verse is just 6 years ago old. This performance on the show "toddlers and tiaras" when dressed at 4. When she wears the fake boobs, it's an extra bonus. Reporter: Now that outfit are being explored by another kind of judge in a highly contentious child custody battle. Matty'sle father is fighting for custody because she said his wife was sexually exploiting his daughter. And the judge has already placed a ban on any thing for madty. It sets a precedent that sets the beauty pageants at risk. For the judge to take away the mom's right to be the primary custodian can be a very aggressive move that I think would reverberate in other cases. Reporter: Meaning it could open the door for similar lawsuits over these pageants or anything that one parent may disagree with. Stacy fitzgerald a child pageant mom called it crazy that a mom could lose custody over beauty pageant participation. I feel it's a stage coach for fathers to get back at the mom. Reporter: She accepted her daughter paige find confidence. A decision is expected early next month with potentially big implications for these little contestants everywhere. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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