Mother violates custody order by taking daughter to Florida

Perhaps the most important part of any child custody agreement is simply sticking to the agreement and avoiding taking the law into your own hands. It may not seem like a serious issue to keep a child longer than scheduled to spend some extra time with your son or daughter, but the law takes these matters very seriously, and there are consequences for failing to obey the agreement.

Recently in Maryland, a child custody issue became quite serious following an abduction and burglary. According to the complaint, a woman entered into another person's residency and abducted a 4-year-old girl. She then informed the child's father that the girl would be returned in mid-July. The date came and went, and no sign of the mother or the child appeared.

The courts held a custody hearing a few days later, and the father of the young girl was granted sole custody. However, the child's mother failed to appear, only reaching out to the father to inform him that she would not be returning the child to him. After a warrant for her arrest was issued, an investigation discovered that the woman was hiding in a city in Florida. She is currently being held in the Florida County, awaiting extradition to Maryland.

In this instance, a woman abducted a child and fled to Florida, but it is just as easily possible that someone may abduct a child in Florida and flee to another state. Regardless of the circumstances, it is important to remember that disobeying custody orders can come with serious legal penalties, and can also affect the custody order in a way that is even less favorable to you. If you believe that your custody order is unfair to you, then it is highly recommended that you meet with an attorney to discuss your circumstances.

Source: The Bay Net, "Mother took four year old to Florida, father gets custody," July 24, 2015

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