Child support dispute leads to assault charges

Many Florida parents who have some kind of parenting-time or visitation schedule in place to see their children know that there can be times when disputes arise regarding the custody arrangement and child support. However, what parents may not realize is that when emotions are running high even the most rational parent can make irrational choices.

Florida residents may find it interesting to learn that recently, a 23-year-old Louisiana father allegedly threatened the mother of his son with a gun during a child exchange and was arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. The alleged incident happened when the parents decided to meet at a local high school to exchange their son, who was with his father. The mother alleges that during the exchange the father accused her of harming their boy and pointed a firearm at her. Furthermore, the mother stated that the man said he was not happy with the arrangement and was tired of paying her child support.

The father eventually put the firearm away and exchanged the child. Shortly thereafter, the mother called law enforcement to alert them about the incident, and the man was arrested and charged. Nevertheless, the father's version of the child exchange episode was very different. He stated to police that the exchange occurred without any incident, and he does not even possess any guns.

Even though the principle behind child custody and support does not change, every child custody and support situation is different and unique. Parents dealing with such disputes with their ex's may not know how best to deal with potential stresses that accompany these family law issues. Consulting a family law attorney about child support, child custody and other issues may help answer concerns parents may have and help with exploring legal options.

Source: thenewsstar.com, "Man allegedly threatens woman over child support," April 14, 2014

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