There are a variety of reasons a parent might lose custody of a child, and most men who have gone through a divorce have quickly found that most judges grant primary custody to mothers; however, for many fathers, such a ruling is nothing more than an invitation to fight it out in a court of law. When parents begin fighting for custody, things can get ugly. Many celebrities have tarnished their reputations and career legacies due to ugly custody battles, and for every fella on this list, the entered battles only to lose.
8. John Barrymore
The legendary John Barrymore was father to the beloved Drew Barrymore, and the home life within their family was dysfunctional at best. Unlike most custody cases, where mothers and fathers go at it, and one parent gets to claim custody of a child, Drew Barrymore filed for emancipation from her parents, desiring custody of herself. Drew did this at 15 years old, having already experienced her own battle with drugs and alcohol. After receiving treatment for her abuse issues, she realized she was too close to the source, and example of abusive behavior. John Barrymore was a definitive alcoholic. He drank all the time. Drew set a precedent in begin emancipated at the age of 15, and her circumstances dictated her scenario. She had her own money, and the ability to take care of herself. Fans of Drew should check out her autobiography, Little Girl Lost.CSU Archives/Everett Collection