Parent faces charges for violating child custody order


Disputes between Orlando parents involving visitation, parenting time and child custody can sometimes escalate to a level where one or both parents may face criminal charges for their actions. For instance, despite a court order, a custodial parent may refuse to let the non-custodial parent see their child. Alternatively, a non-custodial parent may refuse to return or send back their child after their parenting time has been exercised.

There are potentially dire consequences for parents who let emotions cloud their judgment in child custody disputes. Florida parents may find it interesting to that learn that recently a non-custodial 36-year-old mother of an 11-year-old who failed to return the child to the custodial father was arrested, and is now facing felony charges.

According to authorities, the parents have been involved in a bitter child custody battle with each parent, and reported violations against each other for years. However, the most recent court order, which was issued during the summer, awarded the father custody of the child and granted the mother summer visitation rights.

During one of the visits in July, the non-custodial mother failed to return the child to the custodial father. The authorities indicated that the woman provided incorrect addresses in the divorce agreement, and this made it difficult for them to locate them.

Consequently, an arrest warrant was issued for the 36-year-old. She was recently arrested, and is now facing felony charges. The 11-year-old was returned to the custodial father who has both physical and legal custody of the child.

When child custody disputes arise between parents, it important for parents to set aside their differences and work in the best interest of the child. However, as the case above illustrates, there are times when emotions may cloud judgment, and a parent may be compelled to take drastic actions.

Parents, who cannot work together, may find it helpful to work with an experienced family law attorney. This professional can help parents understand the consequences of their actions, give an honest assessment of the situation and evaluate their legal options.

Source: KXXV, "Belton Woman Arrested in Child Custody Interference Dispute," Colton Scott, Sept. 13, 2013.

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