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Mel Gibson Faces Custody Battle, Costa Rica Land Issues

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on November 11, 2010 8:48 AM

These days, Mel Gibson is juggling a few legal issues at once. On November 10 he was in a Los Angles court for what news reports say is his first courtroom appearance in the on-going custody battle over his one-year-old daughter Lucia with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

Gibson and Grigorieva currently share custody of their daughter with an every other day exchange and one overnight visit per week for Gibson, reports People.com. Shared physical custody usually incorporates shared legal custody as well. Legal custody allows a parent to participate in the major decisions that affect the child's upbringing such as schooling, religious, or health decisions.

However, Oksana Grigorieva plans on challenging the current custody arrangement until Gibson seeks some form of anger management counseling, 411Mania.com reports. Gibson has some alleged anger issues, as Grigorieva has accused him of domestic violence.

So far, reports say Grigorieva has been unsuccessful in the custody battle to limit Gibson's access to his daughter.

Meanwhile, Gibson also has a legal issue with the Costa Rican government over the registration of his beach-front property. According to Inside Costa Rica, zoning requirements in Costa Rica may not have been followed when Gibson purchased his sizable beachfront property. The local municipality is considering retaking a 150 meter strip of the property it claims was not properly registered, or possibly even improperly sold to Gibson.

There seems to be no quiet escape for Gibson these days, either in L.A. or Costa Rica. One small comfort, at least the D.A.'s office has not (yet) filed criminal charges against him for the domestic dispute with Oksana Grigorieva.

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