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Athlete-father’s child custody suspended after kidnapping charges

On behalf of Law Office of Ann A. Thomson, A Professional Law Corporation posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Child custody and visitation arrangements are hopefully created to provide for the best interest of a child, but sometimes a parent or even the child disagrees. When California courts implement a child custody order, the parents affected by the order are required to abide by the terms of that order. If a parent fails to abide by the court’s child custody order, the consequences can be severe.

A former NFL player is currently facing the consequences from failing to follow a child custody order. Several months ago, the former NFL player had custody of his minor son pursuant to the regular child custody agreement. Per the agreement, the father was required to return the child to the mother’s custody following the long weekend visit. At the end of the weekend, the father failed to return the child to the mother’s custody and did not provide any information regarding the child’s welfare or when he would return.

The next time anyone saw or gained information about the minor child was on a YouTube video. The video showed the child claiming he wanted to live with his dad and asserting he was not kidnapped by his father. The child was eventually located, after a journey that spanned over six states, in the custody of his father. The child has been returned to his mother and the father was taken into custody without incident. In addition to criminal charges facing the father for the alleged kidnapping, the father’s visitation rights with his son have been suspended for an indeterminable time.

Source: CBS Detroit, “Custody Battle Continues For Ex-Detroit Lion Charged With Parental Kidnapping,” Nov. 6, 2012


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