The mother of a child who has been missing since Dec. 26, 2009, has been released from prison. She was convicted of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference and sentenced to prison in December 2012. She was also charged with kidnapping. However, the jury failed to reach a verdict on that count.
When estranged or divorced parents don't have child custody agreements in place, disputes can arise that can lead to legal problems and even potentially criminal charges -- not to mention stress and uncertainty for everyone involved, particularly the child. The case of a woman who was recently arrested in Texas for kidnapping her son is a case in point.
Many couples eschew the convention of marriage and opt to live together instead, and their numbers are growing. According to the Census Bureau, the number of non-married cohabiting couples in the U.S. rose from five million back in 2006 to over eight million in 2013.
Many of our readers here in Texas have no doubt heard the story of the man who was sentenced to six months behind bars for failing to pay child support simply due to a clerical error. As has been widely reported, he not only paid the overdue support once he learned what had happened, but paid additional money. According to a June 23 report by KTRK-TV, the Houston man paid $1,000 beyond what he owed for the support of his 12-year-old son.