Grandparents get child custody after parental rights terminated

Our Orlando readers may have heard about the case of a 2-year-old and 4-year-old were reunited with their grandparents' after the parents of the children kidnapped the children and tried to flee to Cuba. The parents' parental rights were terminated recently. Apparently, a day after the grandparents' were given custody of the children, the couple broke into the home, tied up the grandmother and took the children.

The couple apparently purchased a boat and fled to Cuba with the boys. An international manhunt ensued as result of the kidnapping and the person who sold the boat to the couple tipped off authorities. The couple is presently being held in a Florida jail.

Child custody can be an emotional issue for many parents. Typically, child custody disputes arise between two parents after a divorce or separation. In this case, the couple exhibited some usual and detrimental tendencies, such as talking about completing or taking a journey to the Armageddon, having weapons and narcotics in the same room as the boys and showing up at the home of foster parents armed with a firearm and demanding the children.

In general, custody determinations are based on several factors, such as the best interests of the child, who has been the primary caretaker and the ability or fitness of the parent to take care of the child. Where possible it is usually best for parents to work together and mutually agree upon a custody arrangement and parenting time schedule. It is often best to put aside any differences the parents may have and to keep the best interests of the child in mind. However, in certain cases working together may not be possible and it may be necessary to get the right information in order to understand that law surrounding child custody and to get a fair and equitable visitation schedule.

Source: CNN, "Boys reunite with grandparents after alleged kidnapping by parents," Greg Botelho and Mariano Castillo, April 10, 2013

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