The actor Mel Gibson has had his share of family law problems. After divorcing his wife of 28 years in 2009, he became involved in a child custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend Oskana Grigorieva. Now he may be facing domestic violence charges in relation to an incident involving the same ex-girlfriend.

Grigorieva alleges that Gibson hit her twice while she was holding their daughter, Lucia. Los Angeles sheriff's investigators completed their report on Wednesday, August 25. Steve Whitmore, the sheriff's spokesman, said that the investigation that began in July is now "thorough, ready and complete."

However, the spokesman was careful to remind people that the investigators did not make any recommendations regarding whether or not charges should be filed against Gibson. Rather, they compiled the information they found in their investigation and presented it to the District Attorney's Office.

It is now up to the District Attorney's Office to decide whether or not Gibson will face domestic violence charges.

The incident that spurred the investigation about Gibson also led to questions about whether or not the ex-girlfriend Grigorieva was threatening to extort money from Gibson. Although both domestic violence and extortion are criminal charges, both of these situations can have family law implications. The final outcome of the criminal issues may influence the outcome of the couple's current child custody dispute.

Child custody cases often take into account both parent's criminal records and history of suspected family violence. Gibson and Grigorieva could both face serious challenges in their quest for custody of the little girl.

Source: MyFoxLA, "Detectives Wrap Up Gibson Investigation," Tony Spearman, 25 Aug 2010