Sharing custody of your child with a former spouse or partner can become complicated in many ways, often requiring the strength of the law to enforce your rights and protect the child that you love. It can be intimidating to face some family challenges, and many people feel as though it is somehow inappropriate to enlist the help of an attorney for a family matter. However, an experienced family law attorney can help you understand the scope of the law and how it may apply to your dilemma. Sometimes, you might be tempted to take a course of action that is illegal, and could use some professional advice before you derail your relationship with your child, and possibly other areas of your life.
Just such a situation played out in El Paso recently, where court records indicate that a man is now facing serious federal kidnapping charges. The charges stem from actions he took more than a decade ago, when he took his child and fled the country. For the last ten years, he has been residing in Argentina, Paraguay, and Mexico with the child.
The man contends that he took his child to protect him from his mother, whom he claims was abusive. However, there is no available evidence to support this claim, and the mother has denied it categorically. The mother had primary custody rights when the child was taken out of the country. Whether or not his fears were justified, his actions were not, at least in the eyes of the law.
Many parents can relate to the man's motivations. If you feel stuck in a desperate situation, please consider consulting with an experienced attorney who can help you avoid making dangerous and costly choices. With proper legal guidance, you can create a plan to operate within the law for the best interests of the child you love dearly.
Source: US News, "Records: Man Arrested in Texas After Fleeing Abroad With Son," March 09, 2017