Soldiers who serve the country often sacrifice relationships and comforts of home. Being stationed overseas while one's significant other is expecting a child can be bittersweet for both Texas parents-to-be. One soldier has found himself in a child custody battle for a boy who isn't biologically his.
The soldier's now-estranged wife told him that the baby was a girl and died during childbirth. The truth was later revealed that the baby, a boy, was born in another state, and his mother conspired with a Texas couple over Facebook to sell the baby. The soldier also learned that he is not the biological father of the child in question.
The couple who conspired with the soon-to-be ex-wife were pulled over by Arizona law enforcement for an unspecified reason while the baby was in their possession. The couple somehow revealed to the officer that the child was not theirs. They were arrested, and the 33-year-old husband was charged with forgery and his wife charged with conspiracy to commit forgery. They subsequently pleaded guilty.
The 24-year-old soldier wishes to adopt the little boy, as the soldier was adopted and wants to give someone else the chance that he was given when someone adopted on him. With the help of an attorney, the case will move forward, and the fate of the little boy decided. The mother is awaiting sentencing in criminal court.
Gaining child custody can be difficult under any circumstances, particularly when the person seeking it is not related to the child biologically. Nevertheless, the focus of family law courts across the United States in these types of proceeding is on the best interests of the child involved. In Texas, an experienced attorney can represent the interests of those seeking to do the right thing with regard to the care and well-being of a particular child.
Source: theolympian.com, "Soldier Steven Garcia tries for custody of baby wife tried to sell, cops say", Matthew Martinez, May 18, 2018