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Plano man seeks custody after fiancee leaves country with child

Child custody matters can be complex due to the strong emotions that are usually associated with fighting for a loved one. Add to that foreign legislation, and child custody arrangements can turn into a nightmare.

After planning a future with his fiancée and young child, one Plano man claims that his significant other never returned from a trip she took with their daughter to England. Three years later and he’s still hopeful that English authorities will send his daughter back to Texas.

According to allegations made by the father, his ex-fiancée deceived a British judge into thinking that the father had relocation plans the entire time and simply had immigration problems that prevented his move to England. He claims that was never the case and even filed kidnapping charges against the mother after she said that she had no plans of returning to the states. He and his lawyer both feel that the foreign court dismissed his plea.

On the American side, a judge in Collin County gave full custody to the father, an act that the mother has failed to recognize. Although the Texas courts have demanded that the mother return the child, the woman claims that the Texas courts have no authority in this matter. To date, the FBI, politicians and state agencies have tried to intervene on behalf of the father.

From simple to complicated custody and visitation issues, relying on the assistance of a knowledgeable family law attorney can help alleviate some of the stress and frustration that such a matter inevitably brings.

Source: CBS DFW, “North Texas Father Vs. Mother & The United States Vs. England,” Ginger Allen, Nov. 1, 2013

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