A judge ruled that Lisa Marie Presley’s twin daughters will see a mental health expert amid new allegations of abuse as she continues her fight against her estranged husband over custody of their children, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.
Elvis’ famous daughter, somber and dressed in black pants and a black jacket, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday and asked a judge for an order concerning the custody and visitation of her 10-year-old daughters, Harper and Finley.
Both Lisa Marie and the girls’ father, Michael Lockwood, faced serious allegations of abuse concerning their daughters, which were previously litigated in the Juvenile Dependency Court, Radar confirmed.
Judge Thomas Trent Lewis ordered a custody evaluation on Harper and Finley, who would be seen by a mental health expert, which usually would be a psychologist. The expert would then provide a report and recommendation to the court on who will get custody of the children and how custody should be divided.
If either side does not like the evaluator’s recommendations, they can challenge them during the trial. The judge may or may not follow the evaluator's recommendations, but this provides a way for the judge to obtain information from a neutral party.
Juvenile Dependency Court hearings are private and involves cases where children might be in immediate danger to abuse, neglect, injury or abandonment. Usually, the Department of Children and Family Services file a petition, and the parent or parents accused of abusing the children must go to court to address the allegations.
At the hearing on Monday, Lockwood's attorney. Jeff Sturman, said the Juvenile Dependency Court case was dismissed. Presley was allegedly making the same claims against Lockwood again in order to block his visitation and custody rights, Sturman said during Monday’s hearing.
Presley and her ex have been embroiled in a nasty divorce since May 2016. On Monday, the judge set a January hearing date concerning Presley’s request for order on the custody issue, which could take up 10 days.
Judge Lewis said all current custody orders would remain the same until the issue is taken up by a different judge in February.
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