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Father arrested for child custody interference

When parents separate, the primary dispute between them is often who will get custody of their children. For some, a 50-50 split is workable and reasonable, but that doesn't suit everyone. In South Carolina, child custody laws aim to ensure custody agreements are in the best interests of the child. However, when one or the other parent disagrees with the decision, it can lead to legal battles, or even rash actions such as abduction.

In Florida, one mother has recently been reunited with her 12-year-old daughter, who has been missing for four years. The little girl was 8 years old when her mother arrived to pick her up from her father's house one day, to find them both gone. It appeared that the father, who only had weekend visitation rights, had taken his daughter and run.

It was years before any real leads were found, but finally there was a sighting in Mexico. Only days later, a team from the U.S. Marshal Service, working in cooperation with Mexican authorities and the Department of State, headed to an area in the Hidalgo mountains, a couple of hours outside Mexico City. There, they found the young girl and arrested her father. She was flown back to Miami to be reunited with her mother.

Cases like this are always unfortunate, as they can often arise simply from a parent's love for their child and desire to spend more time with them. Unfortunately, the child's needs and well-being have to come first and actions like abduction can cause severe upset in a child's life. It also does not stand the responsible parent in good stead in terms of future child custody agreements.

This may have happened in another state, but parents in South Carolina can surely sympathize. If you are unhappy with the terms of your child custody agreement, it is important to state your case and challenge it. An attorney can help you explain why the agreement requires reconsideration and may be able to assist you in acquiring a fairer decision from the court.

Source: Bay News 9, "Mom reunited with missing daughter after 4 years; father arrested," May 18, 2014

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