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Pauly D Sets Court
Date For a Bitter
Custody Battle Over
6-Month-Old Daughter

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The holidays should be a happy time for everyone, but for Pauly D, it’s hard to be cheery this year.

In Touch has learned that the former Jersey Shore star is still battling for custody over his 6-month-old daughter, Amabella, with the child’s mother, Amanda Markert, a woman with whom he had a fling in summer 2012. Now the DJ is taking the next steps to make sure he’s a present figure in Amabella’s life.

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“He has a court date set for Dec. 13 in hopes that the judge will mandate custody time,” an insider tells In Touch. “The custody battle has been going on ever since the news came out. He’s been trying to set up his second meeting,” the source adds, “but Amanda’s attorney keeps denying him a visit.”

Needless to say, it’s been very frustrating for the new dad. “He just wants to see and spend time with his daughter,” says the insider, who sadly adds, “He keeps buying clothes to give her and it's taking so long, she probably won't even fit into them by the time he sees her."

EXCLUSIVE: Pauly D Meets His Daughter

In Touch caught up with Pauly at a charity event on Nov. 21 — 15 days after he met Amabella for the first time. “We’re working on a second visitation now. I want to do it for the holidays, so maybe I get her on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, something like that,” Pauly told the mag. “I just want to give the baby the best life I can. I want to see her as much as I can.”

By Chantal Waldholz / @blondieewood