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Child custody dispute results in mother fleeing with children

On behalf of Law Office of Ann A. Thomson, A Professional Law Corporation posted on Friday, March 7, 2014.

This case out of Florida may shock you if you’ve been concerned about your custody rights, especially because a parent was able to take her children as far as California without permission. According to the Feb. 21 news, a father was left worrying for his children when they were taken by their mother without his approval. According to the news, the man had sole custody of the children when they went missing.

The story says that the father was awarded child custody, and the mother wasn’t happy about the outcome. Shortly afterwards, the children were allegedly taken by their mother and her boyfriend, according to the news. Reportedly, the woman had tried to take her 12-year-old son out of school without authorization, but the school wouldn’t let her.

That’s when she was believed to have sneaked back into the school and took her child from the cafeteria. The mother took him, along with her two other children, out of the state. Despite the serious nature of the accusations, the woman’s sister allegedly appealed to her to return the children, saying that they could help her and make things better for her. She allegedly claimed that her sister hadn’t done anything wrong and that the family was wanting to have her come back home.

When that wasn’t enough, a warrant was issued for the couple’s arrest. Police had been looking for them and tracking them as they made their way across the U.S. According to the news, the children were discovered with their mother in California. Some have argued that the mother was just tired of the hassle of the custody arrangement, and the award of sole custody going to their father may have pushed her too far. Despite this, what she did was still breaking the law.

Source: Liberty Voice, “Miami Missing Three Children Found Safe in California” Anna Sewell, Feb. 21, 2014


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