Pazaratz was overseeing a case in which a father thought it would be a good idea to present nude pictures of his ex-spouse. (Photo: iStock)
Any judgment that starts with the words “do nude pictures of parents help judges decide who should get custody?” is going to be a good one.
Likely, Ontario Judge Alex Pazaratz uttered this rhetorical question while rolling his eyes. He then answered himself by saying “A silly question? Why then, on this motion for temporary custody, has the Applicant father attached to his affidavit a series of sexually explicit “selfies” of the mother, retrieved from her discarded cell phone?”
Pazaratz was recently overseeing a case in which a father thought it would be a good idea to present nude pictures of his ex-spouse in a bid to persuade the judge she was a bad, neglectful mother.
In response to the father’s submission of the mother’s nude selfiies, as well as submission of the mother’s sexting messages to the boyfriend which Pazaratz called “The litigation version of 50 Shades of Grey,” he said sarcastically:
“But more to the point, the nude photographs and salacious texts submitted by the father merely confirm what I would suspect of most other adults on this planet: The mother has a sex life. Big deal.”
It seems there may have been hard feelings involved on the part of the father. The mother and father lived together for almost a decade, and had two children. The mother had an affair in 2013, and as a result the youngest child may not be the father’s. The man with whom she had the affair is also her current boyfriend, and possible “baby daddy”, to whom the nude selfies and sexting messages were directed.
The father was looking for primary residence of the oldest child immediately and although his youngest may not be his biological child, he says he will pursue long-term custody for both children. Primary residence means that child would mainly be living with the father.
However, Pazaratz had a message to give the father in regards to the “mean-spirited and malicious inclusion of humiliating and completely irrelevant nude pictures” That message was:
“Nasty doesn’t work . . .Nasty won’t be tolerated.”
In this case, Pazaratz did not grant the father’s request but rather upheld a previous custody order on a temporary basis, although the father was given additional visits with both children.
He also ordered that the nude selfies and sexting messages be immediately removed from the court file and warned the father to never ever show them to another person or publicize them.