This blog was started to discuss family law matters that are relevant to Texans. In our Allen, Texas, law practice, we help spouses, parents and grandparents with a variety of issues related to divorce, property division, asset protection, adoption, child custody and child support. To learn more about how Texas family law relates to your specific situation, check back with this blog each week. We'll be posting updates frequently.
One of the most contentious issues that our clients have to confront is child custody. Parents love their children immensely, but sometimes disagreements between the parents compromise the best interests of the kids. In these cases, it may be necessary to seek legal support to ensure that the kids' best interests remain the number-one priority.
What parents should never do is interfere with a child custody order. Unfortunately, that appears to have happened in a case down in Williamson County. A mother and her sister are accused of kidnapping the mother's two children and taking them to Mexico.
Child custody arrangements were determined back in 2012, when the mother and her ex-husband divorced. A court order said that the father would have custody of the kids, but the mother apparently refused to comply.
Authorities say she even called the father up and told him she would never bring the children back. Warrants were issued for the arrests of the mother and her sister, and a third woman is facing charges for wiring money to the sisters in Mexico.
Parents should always respect child custody orders. If a custody agreement is not to a parent's liking, then it may be possible to modify the court order. To do that, though, parents have to use the appropriate legal channels.
Source: statesman.com, "Women face kidnapping charges in child custody case," Claire Osborn, May 15, 2013