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Mother arrested over custody interference

Child custody decisions can often be difficult for parents in South Carolina to accept. No matter what terms you are on with your child's other parent, the chances are that you would still like to be as much a part of your child's life as possible. Unfortunately, in order to ensure that children are able to spend time with each parent, assuming they are deemed suitable, child custody orders generally restrict the amount of time each parent gets with their child.

This can take a long time to come to terms with and it is important to remember that your child's best interests have to come first. As difficult as it may be, this may sometimes mean that you have to let them go to spend time with their other parent, or whoever has physical custody of them. Sadly, some parents become desperate in the face of this situation and take drastic action as a result.

In one such case, a baby girl was taken from her grandmother's house in South Carolina. She is alleged to have been taken by her mother. However, according to deputies, although they attended the scene, they were unable to intervene as the mother held a birth certificate, while the grandmother was initially unable to produce paperwork proving her custodial rights.

After the paperwork emerged, officers located the mother and child in Georgia. The 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend were both taken into custody. Both are expected to be charged with custodial interference. This felony charge could have a dramatic effect on their future and could also impact their chances of having access to the little girl in future.

If you have any concerns about child custody, an attorney may be able to advise you. It is far better to act within the law and think carefully about your actions than to take a risk that could cost you access to your child altogether.

Source: Fox Carolina, "Deputies: Mother, boyfriend to be charged after Amber Alert," Joseph Pereira, March 25, 2015

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